Park-angka urilta Tjukurpa palunyatu ngaranyi kutjupa wiya. Ngura miilmiilpa tjuta Park-angka ngaranyi - uwankara kutju ngaranyi, Tjukurpangka.
It is one Tjukurpa inside the Park and outside the Park-not different. There are very important secret and sacred places in the Park. One line. Everything is one Tjukurpa.
– Tony Tjamiwa
Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park is Aboriginal land and Tjukurpa is recognised as the fundamental value to guide management. Any use of the Park should be culturally sustainable and should not adversely affect Anangu cultural aspirations.
For people unfamiliar with Tjukurpa, there is a lot to understand about both the concept and the detail. No single English word conveys the broad and complex meaning of Tjukurpa, which is why the Pitjantjatjara word is used. Traditional owners who speak Yankunytjatjara will use the word Wapar to convey the same complex body of law and beliefs.
Tjukurpa is the past, the present and the future, and governs every aspect of behaviour – the relationship between people, plants and animals, and the physical features of the land and how it is used.
Tjukurpa provides for a whole way of life. It is the key that underpins Anangu attitudes and guides people's spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, moral and economic behaviour.
Tjukurpa guides daily life through a series of symbolic stories and metaphors which represent technically complex explanations of the origins and structure of the universe, and the place and behaviour of all elements within it. Ancestors in the stories provide examples of how to behave.
Tjukurpa establishes the rules Anangu use to govern society and manage their land. It dictates correct procedures for dealing with problems, and penalties for breaking the law. The proper way of doing things is the way things are done in Tjukurpa.
Since the arrival of non-Aboriginal people to the area, Anangu have modified some of the penalties under traditional law. Anangu have also adapted non-Aboriginal law to help enforce Tjukurpa. For example, sacred sites are protected under Commonwealth and Northern Territory legislation, and hunting and foraging rights are protected under legislation and the lease agreement with the Director of National Parks. The Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park Plan of Management protects Tjukurpa by using it as a guide for making management and policy decisions.
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