“Japaljari” is one of 8 male categories of Warumungu puntu . Warumungu people live in their country in what is better known as the Northern Territory of Australia.These puntu names are also known as ‘skin’ names or sub-sections. There is also 8 similar terms for females.

I am not Warumungu, but when i worked with them in the early 1980s, “Japaljari” was the group i was assigned to, so i would fit in somewhere appropriate.

As a result of my experiences with Australia’s First Peoples, i seek to find ways of reforming Western understanding so that it is not ethnocidal .

Bruce Reyburn


NSW Australia