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Stewardship of Country with Arrernte Elders and PFRG members

April 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Meet members of the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group (PGRG) who tirelessly amplify the importance of culture and a voice. They’ll speak to the sacred ways of maintaining a balance within our lives and environment, the ancient teachings and the legacy of our ancestors.

Benedict Stevens is a Traditional Owner of Mparntwe (Alice Springs), senior Arrernte elder and Parrtjima Festival Reference Group advisor. He also works as an Aboriginal liaison officer at Alice Springs Hospital. Benedict believes it is important to keep passing on their culture to the coming generations.

Janet Turner is a proud Arrernte woman who is an Aboriginal Liaison Officer with the Alice Springs Police, and joined the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group in 2023. She is the granddaughter of senior Arrernte elder, artist and author Dr MK Turner OAM (1938-2023). For Parrtjima 2024, Janet has been liaising with the Turner family around one of the signature installations, Honouring.

Felicity Hayes is an Arrernte Elder, educator and senior traditional owner of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). She has spent her life campaigning for social justice for her people, the right to live on country and for the incorporation of the Arrernte language and culture to be taught as part of the education system. Felicity was the executive producer of the critically acclaimed documentary, In My Blood It Runs.

Kumalie Kngwarraye Riley is an Arrernte woman from Alice Springs with spiritual affiliations and connections to the land of her grandmother. Kumalie is a well-known Arrernte Elder and artist with many years of experience teaching the Arrernte language in Alice Springs primary schools and in adult education. She is passionate about the Arrernte language and its affiliated grandmother stories.

Pat Ansell Dodds is from the Arrernte and Anmatyerre nations of Alice Springs. While Pat has always been involved in the arts, it wasn’t until the passing of her brother that she became immersed in art as a way of healing and tribute. Pat’s passion is her culture and the pursuit of social justice, tourism and cultural awareness outcomes in both academic and community circles. Pat expresses these pursuits through her art and has exhibited across Australia.

An Alice Springs-based singer/songwriter, Paul Ah Chee ‘Ngala’ is Wangkangurru, Yangkuntjarra and Arrernte (southern). He has loved music since he was a young boy, but it wasn’t until he formed AMUNDA with three other local musicians in 1989 that he began to play in earnest.  He recently embarked on a solo music project, Nowhere to Hide, releasing the vinyl and CD in 2023. Paul’s career has also embraced sport, business, and tourism. He is a Director on Tourism NT Board, Chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Committee and Director on the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) interim board.


April 15
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Alice Springs Desert Park
871 Larapinta Dr
Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0871 Australia
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