Thomas Tjalptjarri and his family are known as ‘the
Last Nomads’ or ‘the group of 9’. They
are believed to be the last Aborigines to have lived the traditional
hunter-gatherer desert-dwelling lifestyle.
Thomas and his family had spent their lives roaming
between water holes near Lake Mackay near the Western Australia – Northern
Territory Border, naked except for their traditional hairstring belts and armed
only with 2m long wooden spears and intricately carved boomerangs. They lived on a diet made up of goanna,