Of the nearly 3000 Anangu living in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands ("APY Lands") some 500 are members of the art movement Ananguku Arts and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation (Ku Arts). Ku Arts is a wholly Anangu association. Almost all the senior Anangu men and women, the custodians of culture, are members of Ku Arts.
The Palya Fund, a charitable fund with DGR status, was conceived and brought into being by the members of Ku Arts. They held a conviction that the task of restoring the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal communities primarily depended on Aboriginal people. But it would still need help from decent minded piranpa (Australians of white skin). The Anangu's language is Pitjantjatjara.
This is the Palya Fund's mission statement in their language:
"Nyaaku Palya Fund ngaranyi? Nganana kulini Anangu tjuta APY Landsala alpamilantjikitja tjana kunpu kuranyurintjaku, tjana walytjangu kutjupa ngurkanankuntjaku, Anangu tjuta rawa witulya ngarantjaku, tjanampa kaltja rawangku kanyintjaku, ninti pulka nyinantjaku, pika wiya nguwanpa nyinantjaku, waaka kutjupa kutjupa wirungku palyantjakutu. Munula kulini tjitji tjuta, yangupala tjuta, kungkawra tjuta kulukulu pulkaringkula witulya ngarantjaku."
This statement translates as follows:
"Why is the Palya Fund there? We are thinking to help the people in the APY lands they to go forward with strength, they themselves to decide many things, the Anangu people always to stand strong, always to keep their culture, to be very knowledgeable, without much sickness, various works to do well. And we are thinking for the children, young men and young women also when they have grown up to stand strong."
While this speaks for itself, the Trustees' emphasis is on the Anangu's desire for self reliance and freedom from welfare or "sit down money". By the creation of obtainable Anangu enterprises, the communities will return to self-sustaining economic activity, employment and health.
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