For two weeks in 1988, Paul Budde stayed with the original inhabitants of the Central Desert. He hunted, danced, and sung with them, cooked and ate kangaroos, goannas, participated in their Tjukurrpa (=dreaming), received the totem name Walawaru (Eagle Hawk) and was symbolically initiated.

He participated in the cross-culture expedition, organised by a Pitjantjatjara woman Nganyinytja and the Pitjantjatjara community workers Greg and Diane Snowden-James.

In the following chapters Paul describes his impressions of this unique experience

Angatja at the bottom in the middle


Permission to enter Pjitjantjatjara lands

Paul with Michael and friend
Paul with Michael and friend

The Pitjantjatjara story

Pitjantjatara TOC