Introduction: Remembering Alpurrurulam

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)


The body of water known in English as Lake Nash is a source of constant water in a dry landscape and has long been a place of importance for the Aboriginal Australians who dwell in the area. In the Alyawarra language2 this place is called Alpurrurulam3 and is a potent Dreaming4 site for the Antyipere (Flying Fox), Nyemale (Grass Rat) and Kwerrenye (Green Snake).5 While Alpurrurulam has long been the Alyawarra name of this site it is now also the name of a town located around 8 km away on the edge of the Barkly Tableland, 18 km from the Queensland border approximately 300 km west of Mt Isa, an important regional centre, and around 650 km north-by-northeast from Alice Springs, from whence most services are delivered. Alpurrurulam sits near the end of the Sandover Highway, a rough, corrugated dirt track which makes travel, essential to the community for social, cultural and practical reasons, difficult and arduous.


Aboriginal People Autobiographical Memory Aboriginal Worker Ethnographic Fieldwork Cattle Industry 
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© Anne Marie Monchamp 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australia

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