Palya by Stewart Roper

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Images and recollections from two decades on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in north western South Australia.

Palya: Good. Palya is used often in Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara and can have a variety of meanings, all essentially translating to ‘good’, as in ‘I am feeling good (well)’, or ‘That is good’. It is also used in greeting as in ‘Nyuntu palya; you well?’ with the reply ‘Uwa-na, palya; yes, fine’.