Moses Tjakalbota, a proud Western Aranda man, was just a small boy when German Lutherans first entered his country in 1877. The founding of their mission at Hermannsburg began a period of sweeping change for the Aranda. Tjalkabota came to embrace the Christian faith, taking the name Moses, and in turn was a teacher and guide to the missionaries including Carl Strehlow. He grew to local renown as an evangelist of deep conviction. Tragedy dogged his life including the blindness that struck him in his thirties, the loss of all nine of his children and some of his grandchildren, and the many premature deaths of his countrymen.