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WGATSIEH is pleased to announce that the 9th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference will take place in Adelaide in November 2013.

Critical Dates

11 February 2013 –  Call for Abstracts Opens
30 April 2013 – Call for Abstracts Closes
3 June 2013 – Speakers advised of acceptance
12 November 2013 – Conference & Exhibition, Welcome Function
13 November 2013 – Conference & Exhibition, Conference Dinner
14 November 2013 – Conference & Exhibition
15 November 2013 – Post conference work shop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Delegates

Conference Venue

Intercontinental Hotel, 120 North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000

Dinner venue

Adelaide Oval Function Centre, Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide SA 5006

About The Artwork

Conference artwork titled “Kuntjanu” appears courtesy of the artist Rama Sampson, © 2010, courtesy Better World Arts

RSA-009Kuntjanu is near Pipalyatjara in the far north west corner of the APY Lands. It is here, in Kuntjanu, that the Wanampi lives. Wanampi is the big rainbow serpent who sleeps under the ground in the tjukula (rockhole). This painting illustrates a part of the Wanampi Tjukurpa – Rainbow Serpent Dreaming. This is a very important Tjukurpa story, where the snakes represent men. Rama says there is one Wanampi tjilpi – old rainbow serpent man – his name is Kuntjanu. His wife is ititjara (pregnant) and is hiding under the water. There are other people there, kuniya, mingkiri, and liru. The Kuniya is a big python with a black back and yellow front. Mingkiri are the mouse people, and liru are the snake people. Liru wati pika wakanu Wanampi, Wanampi pakanu ngarangu, the snake men were angry and speared Wanampi, he rose out of the waterhole and was speared by a left handed man. Wanampi’s son was born there and he still sleeps in the rockhole at Kuntjanu.




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