Pitjantjatjara love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Australian aboriginal people inhabiting the desert regions of southern and western Australia.
  • n. The Pama-Nyungan language of this people, used as a lingua franca in western Australia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An aboriginal language, mainly spoken in central Australia and belonging to the Western Desert language group (Pama-Nyungan subfamily). Sometimes it is also called Pitjantjara.

Etymologies

Pitjantjatjara, those who use the speech, from pitna-ntja, to go, come.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Western Desert Languages, pitjantja + tjara, literally 'having (the word) pitjantja (as opposed to the word yankunytja)'. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hey, Elaine, look at this... it's a Kangaroo Dreaming of the Pitjantjatjara people, this is Kangaroo's story.

    Kangaroo Dreaming

  • Both Uluru and Kata Tjuta are extremely important in matters spiritual and ceremonial to Aboriginal tribes, especially the Pitjantjatjara and Yankuntjatjara western desert tribes, but the story of how the Traditional Owners lost these places to the federal government is familiar, sad and ugly.

    Bird Cloud

  • I think Mr. Obama was confusing “Austria” with “Australia,” as I often do, and was referring to Pitjantjatjara when he said “Austrian.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Judge Reinhardt’s Dig on Sarah Palin

  • Bushfires and Bushtucker, the title of his definitive book surveying the use of plants and fire by the Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, Arrernte, Pintupi and other central Australian Aboriginal peoples, describes his passions well enough.

    Wildwood

  • If you want to get nationalistic about it - it belongs to the ascendant people of the age - the white Australians - and it is the good fortune for the Pitjantjatjara that the average white Australian's mindset encompasses allowing the native claim to be heard.

    [ayer's rock] a question of repeated conquest

  • Again, I'm at pains to point out that I have nothing against the Pitjantjatjara and once picked up a hiker from this tribe on the way to Ayer's Rock, which is more than a local would do.

    [ayer's rock] a question of repeated conquest

  • Damper, a pan bread made from a variety of native seeds over an open fire, is, to this day, a favorite food of the Anangu and Pitjantjatjara people of central Australia.

    Surviving Australia

  • Ms Portolesi also sought to play down the significance of food aid the Red Cross was forced to send to impoverished people living in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in South Australia's far north.

    The Australian | News |

  • The government-commissioned three-part report examining the provision of water, electricity and roads in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands was handed to Ms Portolesi in July last year, and yet it was only released yesterday after inquiries by The Australian.

    The Australian | News |

  • Now aged about 96, the Pitjantjatjara man was yesterday named the winner of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for his work Kanyalakutjina Euro Tracks.

    The Australian | News |

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