Amy Cassie Woods
Winnie Wood’s daughter – 10 Feb 2009
We are lined up to use the Ara Irititja computer. There is always a queue! I want to look at photos because there is irititja and kuwaritja pictures and people like to look at them. I see people all over waiting to look at the computer. Some people want to look at it to see their family members. Everybody comes in here. Everybody. Everybody comes straight in here to see the Ara Irititja computer. I put business first. I put culture first. I think like that first. I put business and culture first. It is the main one. Some of the people are strong, but young people, some young men and young ladies are a bit… Most are learning with older ladies. Especially when they are in business, they ask questions. Especially in the business camp, or if they are travelling, they ask, “What have I got to do?” They are asking for their sons. Some of them have been more than once and they know a bit more. Culture. That’s the main one. Culture first. Whitefella way after. When people ask me, “What language did you learn first?” I say “Ours. Ngaanyatjarra.” English came after. Ngaanyatjarra and Pitjantjatjara is spoken all over. Language and culture is still strong, but not in the cities. In Kalgoorlie and Laverton they all know their culture. I know my mother’s country and father’s country, and the ngura tjukutjuku tjuta, all the named sites, and their dreamings. Pitjantjatjara is my language from my father. I know the words.