Reuniting with Long-Lost Relatives: The Story of the Pintupi Nine

TLDR The Pintupi Nine, the last Aboriginal people in Australia to have contact with the outside world, were brought to settlements in the 1950s, leaving behind their family. In 1984, they were finally reunited and invited to live with their relatives, adapting to modern amenities but also facing health issues and interpersonal drama.

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00:00 In 1984, nine members of the Pintupi tribe, who were the last Aboriginal people in Australia to have contact with the outside world, met long-lost relatives and were invited to live with them in their community in Kierakura.
01:17 In the 1950s, the British military rounded up the Aboriginal people living in the remote desert of Western Australia, except for one family, and brought them to live in settlements due to safety concerns during missile tests.
02:23 The Aboriginal people left behind in the remote desert had to continue living and survive by hunting for food, but they had no knowledge of the outside world or modern technology.
03:27 In 1984, the family made contact with their relatives who had been taken to settlements in the 1950s after the father's death, and they were scared.
04:26 The campers found their long lost family members in the bush and brought them back to their settlement, where they learned about modern amenities like piped water and abundant food.
05:23 The Pintupi Nine agreed to join the settlement due to the difficulty of survival, and they initially feared the first white person they encountered, but eventually adapted to their new life and were particularly enamored with the taste of sugar.
06:27 Life in the settlement is easier for the Pintupi Nine, but they have experienced negative health effects and interpersonal drama, with one member returning to the bush, while the rest have become well-known artists and continue to practice their traditional skills and pass on their knowledge.
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