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The Lumen Seed: working with Warlpiri people to prevent indigenous suicide

Judith Crispin | Australia

I am working with the Warlpiri community in the Australian Tanami desert on an indigenous suicide prevention app. We are losing three aboriginal people a week to suicide, and an indigenous person is four times more likely to take their own life than a non-indigenous person. These photographs form the basis of my book The Lumen Seed (Daylight Books). I began taking them before I became part of this remote community, before the Warlpiri gave me new names, taught me dancing and ceremony, and showed me the incredible beauty of indigenous philosophy.The app will be called Kurdiji (shield). It takes its name from a body of Warlpiri knowledge normally transmitted as part of the Kurdiji initiation ceremonies for young people. The Kurdiji ideas have been successfully used by the Warlpiri to increase resilience and prevent suicide. The Warlpiri told me about Kurdiji during my efforts to discover the truth about my own indigenous ancestry. Kurdiji 1.0 Aborigial suicide prevention app is crowdfunding at www.kurdijiproject.com Please help if you can, or share our video.

jmcrispin@gmail.com

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