The Western Desert people are just one group who have helped maintain Central Australia’s identity as a bastion of traditional cultural knowledge.
Stories have been passed down from generation to generation through song, dance, lore, ceremony and paintings.
Ensuring the continuity of some of the world's oldest living cultures hasn’t been easy, but no one is about to call it quits.
Community elders took action and devised a program to stop the cultural breakdown, so they founded the Men’s Tjilirra Movement (T.M.T.M.).
The program has helped Aboriginal men in the outback struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse. It has given participants the opportunity to connect to country, reconnect with their identity, and develop meaningful interpersonal relationships.
Living Black traveled to Central Australia to take part in this life-saving program, which supports health and wellbeing through traditional toolmaking.