Yipirinya School, Northern Territory
Yipirinya means caterpillar in Arrernte, the language spoken by the Arrernte people, who live in the Central Australia region of the Northern Territory. The school takes it’s name and ethos from the Caterpillar Altyerre Dreamtime story, when legend tells this region was created by giant caterpillars. These creatures became the stunning ridges of the East and West Macdonnell Ranges that shelter the town of Alice Springs.
In 2015, I embarked on a week long adventure to the Northern Territory with one of Australia’s most respected and talented photographers, Daniel Linnet. The last afternoon of our trip we had the opportunity to visit the Yipirinya School, a bilingual and bi-cultural school, which primarily teaches indigenous children, most from underprivileged homes. These kids were such a delight to photograph, filled with enthusiasm and cheer and a huge sense of curiosity. Some had never seen a camera and were both fascinated and excited to be photographed.