In 2019, Don Rowlands who is a Wangkangurru Yarluyandi elder and ranger in charge of Munga-Thirri National Park, led a journey across northern South Australia back to Birdsville.
The journey was a legacy to the old people that passed on knowledge to Don. One of those old people was his grandfather Watti Watti.
In Don’s words “Grandfather Watti Watti was the man who left me with all this information that I want to share with everyone on this journey”.
For Don it was the opportunity to follow in their footsteps by following the Two Boys dreaming story with his family.
Not surprisingly it was a powerful experience for everyone on the journey – bringing culture alive and reinvigorating his family’s connection to country.
The journey was supported by the Qld Department of the Environment and Science (DES) and documented by Luke Barrowcliffe, from GoorieVision.
10 Deserts Project is pleased to be able to have supported the video and is assisting Watti Watti Custodial Services with the production of a book documenting the trip. Projects like this help support Aboriginal people from the desert to pass on Indigenous cultural and ecological knowledge from generation to generation.