Nuclear tests, missionaries displaced the Spinifex people. Now they’re back and relearning from the elders
The sun sits low on the horizon as Maureen Donnegan searches the cool outback sand.
She bends near a scrubby bush, lifts one end of a stick and kicks down on its middle, snapping it in two.
A creature – creamy yellow and wriggling – spills onto the ground of Australia’s largest desert.
Ms Donnegan grins, triumphant.
Her friend Shona Jamieson plucks the squirming lump from the dirt and sets it over the coals of a small campfire, before cupping it in her hands and blowing gently.
“It’s got protein in it,” Mrs Jamieson says.