Tangki Tjuta - Donkeys Free Audio Reading

By the Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Listen to the story in Pitjantjatjara
Voice artistry by Tjulyata Tjilya
Audio edited by Dan Bleby


Listen to the story in English
Voice artistry by Jennifer Ingkatji
Audio edited by Dan Bleby



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Fresh, funny and highly original, Tangki Tjuta – Donkeys is an endearing dual language story about how donkeys came to be a rich part of life for one Aboriginal community. Told in Pitjantjatjara and English.

Long, long ago, we didn't have donkeys. We didn't have a lot of the things we have today. We didn't know donkeys existed.
Our people used to walk with their camels and donkeys from Areyonga to Ernabella. They brought their donkeys here, and left them.

Donkeys are malpa wiru, valuable friends and helpers in the families and desert community of Pukatja (Ernabella) in the APY Lands of northern South Australia. People set off on their donkeys for picnics and longer journeys, always returning home safely.

The Pitjantjatjara recording was made on Kaurna Country at Fish Shop Studio.
The English recording was made on Kaurna Country at Wizard Tone Studio by Iwiri Aboriginal Corporation.