By Brian F. McCoy

This is often an simply readable e-book that explores how Indigenous males comprehend their lives, their healthiness and their tradition. utilizing conversations, tales and paintings, the writer exhibits how Kimberley barren region groups have a cultural price and dating defined as kanyirninpa or holding.

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This does not mean that children are faced with the same pressures of responsibility as adults. At an early age they lead a relatively free and unrestricted life. However, while they are learning about family and kinship relationships, they are also learning about the reciprocal demands and expectations of relatedness in walytja. Teaching, or showing young people how to live, is also an important aspect of this ‘growing up’. Puntu can show great interest in kartiyas who introduce them to their families and homes and reveal to them knowledge of a wider kartiya world.

This phrase ‘growing up’ is an important descriptor; it enables older people to publicly assert they have provided for younger people. In return, it allows younger 24 1. Kanyirninpa and ‘Holding’ people to acknowledge the abiding affection and respect they have for older people. In this way an older generation is acknowledged to have earned authority over the younger, and the younger generation acknowledge an obligation to listen to and follow their elders. Respect describes the relationship that emerges from an experience of kanyirninpa, and that binds and supports generations, even after young people have grown up and no longer see themselves as being held.

She was talking of a spring that always provided water, even during the hot summer months. Puntu referred to such places as sources of ‘living water’ because the water came from within the earth and was always available. To her, the land always nurtured and looked after the people, ngampurrmaninpa. However, she also said that the land 33 Holding Men could be described as kanyirninpa because it provided much more than the local store. It was a repository of sacred knowledge and power. It held the people by providing important cosmic meanings as well as the material means necessary for Puntu life.

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