(Sand Dunes) have been a traditional hunting ground for
my people in the desert for many years.
They are not
only a source for providing food and water, but they have
also been a ‘training ground’ for learning
how to hunt and gather food. The Jilji sand is very grainy
dry and supports many species of plants and animals. Animals
of the Great Sandy Desert leave specific foot prints on
the surface of the Jilji which make it the perfect place
young children about hunting and gathering bush food such
as goanna, snakes, blue tongue lizard and kangaroos.
When it rains, the Jilji act as a catchment system, although
the water is not on the surface and can be very hard to
find if you don’t know what to look for. To find
water in the desert country we look for a specific white
dig down into the sand to reach the water that pools there.