Geographically Lajamanu sits at the border of the desert and dry tropics. Culturally it sits at the intersection of Gurindji and Warlpiri Country.
Lajamanu (Hooker Creek) was established in 1948 when the Australian Government, deciding to establish a new settlement, trucked 25 Warlpiri people from Yuendumu 600 km north to Hooker Creek in Gurindji country. In 1951 another 150 Walpiri were relocated to Hooker Creek, taken away from their Dreaming sites and families in Yuendumu. They all famously walked back, all the way to Yuendumu, only to be trucked back to Hooker Creek. Two more resettlements and ‘walk backs’ occurred in the late 50s and 60s. Yet over the years, children were born and despite being so far from their country and its sacred places, the Warlpiri eventually started to call Hooker Creek home.
We look forward to hosting the daytime Festival program and delegate camping at the School grounds.