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Wiltjas are shelters made by the Pitjantjatjara people and other Indigenous Australian groups such as yankunytjatjara people/groups.[1] They are temporary dwellings, and are abandoned and rebuilt rather than maintained.[2] Open and semi-circular,[3] wiltjas are meant primarily as a defense against the heat of the sun, and are not an effective shelter from rain.[4]


  1. ^ Australian Indigenous tools and technology - Australia's Culture Portal Archived 2010-04-16 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Australian National Research Council (1930). Oceania. University of Sydney. p. 288.
  3. ^ Buckley, Ralf (2003). Case Studies in Ecotourism. CABI Publishing. p. 110. ISBN 0-85199-665-5.
  4. ^ American Museum of Natural History (1976). Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History. American Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees. p. 32.
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