Country, Culture, People, Future

April 2014

Royal Perth Hospital presents – Life Lines: Art of Ancestors exhibition

Posted: April 30th, 2014

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The 2014 National Heritage Festival kicked off earlier this month with a great list of events around Western Australia. As part of the festival Royal Perth Hospital is presenting a free exhibition of Indigenous artworks drawn from their collections.

The exhibition will be open between 9am and 4pm from 18th April – 18th May 2014. For more information on the exhibition click here.


Call for feedback on the Close to Gap campaign

Posted: April 24th, 2014

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The Close the Gap campaign has been running for seven years, now its time to have your say on how its going.

ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation) are now seeking feedback on the Close the Gap campaign. They want to hear about the issues that concern you and the things you would like to hear more about as well any questions you might have about the campaign.

To find out more about ANTaR click here to visit their website.

To begin answering the survey click here.

“Cultural Protocols in our Town” – Town of Port Hedland

Posted: April 17th, 2014

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The Town of Port Hedland welcomes all members of the community to attend the forum held on “Cultural Protocols in our Town”.

Discussions will center around cultural awareness, protocols in the Town and developing solutions to better integrate the community.

The forum aims to provide a platform for community members, agencies, Council officers and local businesses to make connections, share ideas, resolve issues and celebrate community achievements.

Forum Topic: Cultural Protocols in our Town
Date: Monday 26 May 2014
Time: 9.30am – 1pm
Place: Lotteries House, Leake Street, South Hedland

If you would like to attend email to RSVP.

Native title agreement for the Kurama and Marthudunera (K&M) people over iron ore project

Posted: April 16th, 2014

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The Kurama and Marthudunera (K&M) people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia are pleased to announce an agreement with Iron Ore miners Red Hill Iron Ltd (RHI). The agreement covers RHI’s Pannawonica project, about 120 km south of Cape Preston.

Negotiations were completed in approximately six months, with the resulting agreement giving RHI native title approvals for its project. The K&M people will receive financial benefits and compensation from the company, which reflects the importance to the K&M people of minimising the impact of mining projects on their traditional country.

Download the full media release here.

Congratulations to Weerianna Street Media on heritage award

Posted: April 14th, 2014

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This week,  Pilbara Aboriginal media company Weerianna Street Media was awarded the Professor David Dolan Award as part of the 2014 Western Australian Heritage Awards. These prestigious annual awards recognise outstanding commitment and contribution to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, tourism and interpretation in Western Australia.

In 2007, Tyson Mowarin, a musician, digital storyteller and proud Ngarluma man from the Pilbara, established Weerianna Street Media to produce factual content for television broadcast and community archives. It aims to protect Burrup rock art, share community stories, history and cultural knowledge, improve awareness of Aboriginal traditions and custodial ownership via digital technologies. The judges said Weerianna Street Media draws on a myriad of digital technology and new media to share stories of Aboriginal people, culture and history to a world-wide audience. The digital platforms also provide an invaluable living archive for Aboriginal knowledge about the Dampier Archipelago.  See more at the State Heritage Awards

Congratulations Tyson!

Congratulations to the Badimia people and the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre

Posted: April 11th, 2014

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Badimia elder Ollie George and Bundiyarra linguist James Bednell at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

Badimia elder Ollie George and Bundiyarra linguist James Bednell at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

YMAC congratulates the Badimia people and the Bundiyarra-Irra Wangga Language Centre on the launch of the new Badimaya Dictionary. Badimia people can be proud that their culture and language is being preserved and developed into educational resources that can be shared across generations.

Several Badimia families, led by elder Ollie George, have worked on this project over the last 20 years. In the early 1990s initial preservation work was started by The Yamaji Language Centre, and the project was transferred to Bundiyarra – Irra Wangga Language Centre in 2005. Since 2012, Bundiyarra has collected more than 60 hours of audio and 10 hours of video recordings.
The dictionary was launched at a celebration on Badimia country at Kirkalocka station on 10 April. A Badimaya Guwaga wordlist and Alphabet Poster have also been developed alongside the dictionary, and will now join other Badimia language resources available from Bundiyarra, including story books, a photographic calendar and a picture book. For more information and to order any of these resources visit

Tykeira Ward at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

Tykeira Ward at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

Joan, Louwana and Alan Walsh at the launch of the Badimaya Dictionary

Joan, Louwana and Alan Walsh at the launch of the Badimaya Dictiona

Malgana Traditional Owner Darren Capewell to feature Aboriginal food and drink showcase

Posted: April 4th, 2014

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The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) has announced Malgana Traditional Owner Darren Capewell will feature in a series of Aboriginal food and drink showcase experiences in WA.

Over the course of 2014, WAITOC will showcase ten Aboriginal Gourmet Experiences across Australia, from food and produce, seafood, food events, cafes and restaurants.

Darren Capewell from Aboriginal tourism operator Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures will be the second to feature in the 10 month series.

Click here to visit the WAITOC website.

Country is our mother, the provider and keeper of cultural belongings. Country and Culture go together. You can’t have one without the other.

Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians throughout Western Australia, and on whose Country we work. We acknowledge and respect their deep connection to their lands and waterways.

We honour and pay respect to Elders, and to their ancestors who survived and cared for Country.

Our offices are located on Whadjuk Country, Southern Yamatji Country, Yinggarda Country, Kariyarra Country, and Yawuru Country. We recognise the continuing culture, traditions, stories and living cultures on these lands and commit to building a brighter future together.

Disclaimer: Caution: Please be advised that this website may contain images, voices and names of deceased people.

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