Kaltukatjara, Northern Territory
Docker River, Northern Territory
|Population:||355 (2006 census)|
Kaltukatjara (Kaḻṯukatjara) is a town in the southwest of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is also called Docker River in English. It is about 670 km southwest of Alice Springs, and 8 km from the border with Western Australia. In the 2006 census, Kaltukatjara had a population of 355. All of the residents are either Pitjantjatjara, Ngaatjatjarra or Ngaanyatjarra Aboriginal people.
Overview[change | change source]
Kaltukatjara is located on the western bank of an ephemeral watercourse called Docker River. It is surrounded by the Petermann Ranges. From the town, the Great Central Road leads eastward to Yulara (196 km) and westward to Warburton (288 km).
While the roads in the town are sealed, roads out of the town are gravel and can be closed for up to a week if it rains. There is an air strip about 4 km north of the town. Power is supplied by three large generators. The water supply is pumped from two underground bores which are about 5 km from the town. Facilities in Kaltukatjara includes both a primary and secondary school, a health clinic, community store, and an old people's home. There is also a Lutheran church.
History[change | change source]
Kaltukatjara was originally established as an outstation in 1968. It was established so that the Aboriginal people living in missions such as Areyonga could live closer to their homelands. It was also to encourage people to move out of the Ayers Rock–Mt Olga National Park. The settlement was named "Docker River" after the stream that flows through the community. This stream was given its name by the explorer Ernest Giles when he travelled through the area in 1872.
In 1976, the Aboriginal Land Rights Act was passed in the Northern Territory. The Kaltukatjara community was given freehold title over a large block of land in the Territory's southwest corner (see Petermann Aboriginal Land Trust). This allowed families living at Kaltukatjara to spread out over the surrounding country and set up smaller camps on their own ancestral homelands. This movement was part of a larger trend called the "outstation movement". The first two outstations established were Tjuntinanta and Punritjanta. By the end of 1978, a total of 11 outstations had been established. There were 16 by the end of 1981.
Cultural history[change | change source]
The area in which Kaltukatjara is located is known as Kikingkura.[note 1] It contains several old sacred sites associated with the Wintalyka Tjukurpa (Mulga Seed Dreaming). Part of this Tjukurpa, which is restricted to men, extends east through Uluṟu, where the Wintalyka men became involved in a feud with the Mala people. According to the legend, the Mala had travelled from the north to perform ceremonies at Uluṟu with a sacred artefact. On learning of this artefact, the Wintalyka men invited the Mala men to attend ceremonies at Kikingkura, but the Mala refused. Feeling insulted, the Wintalyka decided to punish the Mala by conjuring an evil spirit to haunt them. At Pulpaiyala, a soakage close to what is now Kaltukatjara, they conjured kurpany, a great and terrifying spirit resembling a dingo.[note 2] Kurpany chased the Mala men from Uluṟu and off across the desert to the south.
Outstations[change | change source]
Kaltukatjara is governed by Kaḻṯukatjara Community Council, a local government council with 12 members. The community also serves about 30 outstations, most of which are not permanently occupied. They are spread over a large area around the Petermann Ranges. Only two outstations are funded by the council: Tjauwata, about 5 km to the east, and Kunapula, about 46 km southeast. Most of the outstations on the eastern side of the border are owned by Pitjantjatjara families. Those in Western Australia are mostly owned by Ngaanyatjarra people.
|Outstation||Est.||Distance from Kaltukatjara||Coordinates||Notes|
|Amputjuta||1978||11 km (6.8 mi) south||Located on the banks of the Docker River, in the Learmonth Park catchment area.|
|Eagle Valley||?||7 km (4.3 mi) south||Located near the banks of the Docker River, in the Learmonth Park catchment area.|
|Kulang||1984||20 km (12 mi) north||Also known as "Kulail". Located on the banks of the Docker River, where it passes through the Bloods Range and into Western Australia.|
|Kunapula||1978||46 km (29 mi) south|
|Kurkatingara||1983||65 km (40 mi) south||Located on the track south towards Kalka.|
|Kutjuntari||1979||40 km (25 mi) southwest||Also written as "Kutjurntari". Located in Western Australia, near to Gill Pinnacle and where the highway crosses Rebecca Creek. Belongs to Ngaanyatjarra people.|
|Mantapayika||?||200 km (120 mi) southeast|
|Mantarur||?||210 km (130 mi) southeast||Also written as "Mantarurr" or "Mantaru". Located at a rockhole in the western slopes of Butler Dome and Foster Cliff.|
|Mulga Green||?||60 km (37 mi) southeast|
|Oondaloo||?||4 km (2.5 mi) west||Also written as "Undooloo". Located just outside town, in the valley between the Hope and Dean Ranges.|
|Petalu||1981||100 km (62 mi) southeast||Also written as "Pitalu" or "Petjalu".|
|Pilakatal||1981||130 km (81 mi) southeast||Located in the southern end of the Pottoyu Hills, near the Armstrong Creek.|
|Pirrulpakalarintja||1983||200 km (120 mi) southeast||Also written as "Pirurpakalarintja" or "Pimpakalarinytja".|
|Punritjanta||1976||31 km (19 mi) northeast||Located on the banks of the Hull River, where it passes through the Bloods Range.|
|Puta Puta||1977||70 km (43 mi) southeast||Also written as "Putaputa". An old soakage located near to where the highway crosses the Chirnside Creek.|
|Tjauwata||?||5 km (3.1 mi) southeast||Also written as "Tjawata" or "Tjanwata". Located at the catchment delta of the Docker River, on the south side of the gap in the Dean Range.|
|Tjunti||1977||38 km (24 mi) east||Located on the banks of the Hull River, between the Mannanana and Curdie Ranges.|
|Tjuntinanta||1976||15 km (9.3 mi) east||Located off the north side of the highway, on the banks of the Hull River.|
|Urilpila||1984||130 km (81 mi) southeast||Located on the banks of the Armstrong Creek, south of the highway.|
|Walka||1979||40 km (25 mi) south||Located on the banks of Giles Creek.|
|Walu||1984||41 km (25 mi) northeast||Located on the track northeast towards the Bloods Range.|
|Wangkari||1977||46 km (29 mi) south||Also written as "Wankari". Located on the banks of Giles Creek.|
|Warapura||1977||50 km (31 mi) southwest||Also written as "Warrapura". Located in Western Australia, southwest of Gill Pinnacle. On Ngaanyatjarra land.|
|Wataru||?||4 km (2.5 mi) west||Also written as "Wataroo". Located just outside town, off the north side of the highway.|
Footnotes[change | change source]
- Also spelled Kikingura, Kikingurra or Kikinkura.
- The name of the spirit has also been known as kurrpannga, kurrpanngu, kulpunya or kuapunn.
References[change | change source]
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