Tjumpo Tjapanangka

Country/Region: Australia

Tjumpo Tjapanangka is a senior law man, Maparn (healer) and Aboriginal artist based in Balgo Hills . Incredibly fit and strong for his age, Tjumpo attributes this to his diet of bush food. He speaks adamantly of his childhood in the desert hunting for goanna, porcupine, wallaby, pussycat and the construction of spinifex and mud shelters for the wet season. He came to Balgo Hills as a result of the local priest, Father Alphonse, sending people out into the bush with supplies of flour, sugar and tea to attract Aboriginal people to the mission. Shortly afterwards, in 1948, a large group of people from the west, east, north and south came to live at the old mission at Tjumuntora.

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