Country, Culture, People, Future

Indigenous Community Stories

Celebrate NAIDOC week!

Posted: July 8th, 2013

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NAIDOC week is now well underway, and celebrations are happening all over Australia. The theme for 2013 is “We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963”.  The theme proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament. To read more about the significance of these petitions visit the official NAIDOC website.

There are a huge number of events going on across the Yamatji and Pilbara regions to celebrate NAIDOC this week. Check your local paper for a listing of events. Some highlights will be the Ngarluma & Yindjibarndi Foundation Ltd’s football carnival in Roebourne this weekend, free community events featuring food and music in Karratha on Friday and Sunday, and the NAIDOC awards celebration in South Hedland on Saturday, to name just a few.

YMAC has already been celebrating NAIDOC, with stalls at the Tom Price and Perth opening ceremonies on Sunday, as well as last week’s Bundiyarra cultural celebrations in Geraldton.

If you are in Karratha or South Hedland this week come say hello to YMAC staff at the community events on there.

 

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Dawn service to commemorate 100 years of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Veterans in Service. 7 July 2013

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YMAC stall at Bundiyarra cultural celebrations in Geraldton. 3 July 2013 

Download YMAC News Issue 21

Posted: June 21st, 2013

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The latest issue of YMAC News is now available for download!

It features a cover story about YMAC’s work with Yamatji and Pilbara Traditional Owners to digitally record their stories on film for the Indigenous Community Stories initiative. There is news about mining agreements made between the Yugunga-Nya people and Ventnor Resources; the Yinhawangka people, Rio Tinto and Dragon Energy; as well as Badimia and Top Iron.

You can also read about the proposed Nyangumarta Warrarn Indigenous Project Area (IPA) and the collection of the Nyangumarta people’s knowledge and stories, facts on Preservation evidence, and the management of traditional country.

There is also information on YMAC’s Community Liaison Officers, YMAC Directors, and new Co-Chair of the Board, Mr Victor Mourambine.

Click here to download YMAC News Issue 21 from our website, or browse earlier issues here.

We hope you enjoy this issue of YMAC news.

Pilbara Traditional Owners Record Stories for Future Generations

Posted: May 29th, 2013

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Photo: Toby Smirke with FTI film crew on Jurruru country
Earlier this month, Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC) spent time on country with Traditional Owners from the Pilbara region of Western Australia as part of an initiative to record stories about Australia’s unique Aboriginal cultural heritage. 

Indigenous Community Stories (ICS), run by FTI in partnership with Rio Tinto, ScreenWest, Leighton and Ngarda Civil and Mining, aims to digitally archive one hundred West Australian Indigenous stories on film for future generations to view over the next century and beyond. 

In the first of these stories, Kariyarra elder Irene Roberts talks about growing up around Abydos and Kangan stations, as well as her life in the Yandeyarra community. The second story, told by Jurruru elder Toby Smirke, focuses on the working life of Aboriginal people on pastoral stations, his family, and Jurruru connection to country. 

Mr Smirke said that he enjoyed making the film. ‘By the end of it I was happy with how it worked out, and I think it was all done right’, he said.

These projects follow on from another ICS project that YMAC supported in February about Geraldton-based artist and writer, Charmaine Green.

Click here to read about Charmaine’s Indigenous Community Story.

For more information on the Indigenous Community Stories project, visit https://www.fti.asn.au/make/icstories

Indigenous Community Stories: Charmaine Green

Posted: March 1st, 2013

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YMAC recently spent a few days on country with Yamatji artist, Charmaine Green, recording her stories and cultural experiences for the Indigenous Community Story initiative run by WA’s Film & Telelvision Instititute.

YMAC would like to thank all who were involved for making it a great project to work on.


Click to Enlarge: Charmaine Green on country in Mullewa with FTI film crew



Charmaine’s story is one of many of many that will be digitally archived for future generations to view over the next 100 years and beyond.

Click here for more information on the Indigenous Community Stories project.

Indigenous Community Stories: Charmaine Green

Posted: March 1st, 2013

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YMAC recently spent a few days on country with Yamatji artist, Charmaine Green, recording her stories and cultural experiences for the Indigenous Community Story initiative run by WA’s Film & Telelvision Instititute.

YMAC would like to thank all who were involved for making it a great project to work on.


Click to Enlarge: Charmaine Green on country in Mullewa with FTI film crew

Charmaine’s story is one of many of many that will be digitally archived for future generations to view over the next 100 years and beyond.
Click here to read more about Charmaine’s Indigenous Community Story.

Click here for more information on the Indigenous Community Stories project.

YMAC contributes to Indigenous Community Stories

Posted: October 17th, 2012

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YMAC recently applied, and has been selected, the ‘Indigenous Community Story’ initiative through the Film & Television Institute (FTI) in partnership with Rio Tinto, ScreenWest, Leighton and Ngarda Civil & Mining.

The two Indigenous Community Story Projects that have been successfully selected include, ‘A snapshot of the rich cultural heritage of the Pilbara region told by four senior elders’ and ‘The historical significance of Aboriginal stockman and their connection to country; told through the eyes and life of respected senior Jurruru elder, Toby Smirke.’


The two stories will be filmed on country in early 2013 and aim to digitally archive stories for future generations to view over the next 100 years and beyond. Click here for more information on the Indigenous Community Stories project.

Indigenous Stories Wanted for WA Filmaking Initiative

Posted: June 28th, 2012

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Do you have a story about your community or country that you would like to be remembered in 100 years?

Indigenous Community Stories is a new initiative aiming to capture one hundred West Australian Indigenous stories on film and digitally archive them so that they can be accessed by future generations for years to come.

There is currently a pressing need to record the culture of Indigenous communities across Western Australia, particularly the stories and reflections of senior community members. This project will create invaluable records of Australian cultural heritage and identity while encouraging Indigenous filmmaking in WA.

The Film and Television Institute (FTI), in partnership with Rio Tinto, ScreenWest, Leighton and Ngarda Civil and Mining, is calling for applications from Indigenous communities who are interested in recording and preserving their stories.

The story should focus on community and country. Successful communities will need to nominate a Community Liaison Officer to work on the project and will receive some funds to cover costs of the project.

For more information on Eligibility and Assessment Criteria, click here.

To apply for Indigenous Community Stories, download and complete the application form here, and return to FTI marked to the attention of Mandy Corunna, via:

Email: mandy_corunna@staff.fti.asn.au
Fax: (08) 9335 1283
Post: PO Box 579, Fremantle, WA, 6959.

Applications close:
– 5:00pm Thursday 19 July 2012 for the July Selection Panel, and
5:00pm Friday 14 September 2012 for the September Selection Panel.

For queries or more information, contact Mandy Corunna at FTI on (08) 9431 6713 or mandy_corunna@staff.fti.asn.au

Want to work as part of the Indigenous Community Stories Film Crew?

Suitably qualified filmmakers are also wanted to record Indigenous Community Stories. If this sounds like something that may interest you, complete the expression of interest form here and return it to mandy_corunna@fti.asn.au by 19 July 2012.