Country, Culture, People, Future

2015

Sounds of the Pilbara II : Songs in Language

Posted: October 6th, 2015

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At the Warajanga Cultural Evening in South Hedland last week, the Sounds of The Pilbara II: Songs in Language was previewed. This is the latest compilation produced by West Australian Music (WAM) as part of their Sounds of series.

The Sounds of the Pilbara II showcases five Indigenous languages from WA’s Pilbara region which include Nyiyaparli, Nyangumarta, Nyamal, Ngarluma and Kurrama.

The songs in the compilation CD are performed by Indigenous people from the Pilbara and it features a range of original songs and sung stories which include inspiring tales and fables passed on through generations. There are 26 tracks in the CD which were recorded in a temporary studio in South Hedland by 14 contributing vocalists.

WAM worked closely with Pilbara Indigenous language linguists from Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Centre to produce this CD. The aim of this production is to preserve the traditional Indigenous languages found throughout the Pilbara. The CD will also be used as a tool to raise the public’s recognition and appreciation of the Indigenous languages. WAM also partnered with the traditional owners from the Karlka Nyiyaparli Aboriginal Corporation to produce the compilation.

You can listen to the Sounds of The Pilbara: Songs in Language here. Copies are also available from Wangka Maya in South Hedland or limited copies from WAM.

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Yule River 2015 – Aboriginal community demand answers from WA Government

Posted: September 30th, 2015

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Cultural Awareness and the local context Forum

Posted: September 25th, 2015

 

A forum on Cultural Awareness and the local context will be held on Monday 28 September 2015 at Lotteries House in South Hedland. Hosted by the Town of Port Hedland the forum will address any issue of concerns of the Aboriginal community.

The forum is open to all members of the Aboriginal community so that those with relevant knowledge or interest can attend and ensure that the forum focuses on an issue that is applicable to them. Also invited are representatives from relevant agencies and organisations who may be able to assist community members and add value to the discussions. If you are interested to attend and participate in the discussions,  RSVP to admincd@porthedland.wa.gov.au

 

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Watch the 2015 On-Country Bush Meeting at Yule River

Posted: September 22nd, 2015

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In September of 2015, Traditional Owners from across Western Australia met at Yule River to discuss their concerns about the WA Aboriginal Heritage Act Amendment Bill and the State Government’s Regional Services Reform Plan.

This film documents the participants, processes, and outcomes of that meeting.

For more information about the 2016 On-Country Bush Meeting at Yule River, you can download the flyer here.

Warajanga Cultural Evening

Posted: September 21st, 2015

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Celebrate the culture of the Pilbara at the Warajanga Cultural Evening. On Wednesday, 23 September from 4.30pm to 8.30pm the evening will host artists as well as showcase traditional dancing, local musicians, stalls and food. The evening will be held at the South Hedland Town Square.

 

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The 1946 Pilbara Strike featured in ABC Northwest News Article

Posted: September 8th, 2015

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In a recent article by ABC Northwest WA, the 1946 Pilbara Strike was featured. Aboriginal pastoral workers in the Pilbara walked off their jobs against the oppressive work conditions they were facing.

In our Celebrating 20 Years of YMAC, the story of the 1946 strike was shared in the Aboriginal Leadership chapter. The 1946 strike was the first strike by the Aboriginal People and the longest in Australian History.

The reason behind the strike was in protest to the low pay, or in some instances rations instead of pay. The strike was planned by about 200 elders from 23 different groups and more than 800 workers left stations. Some were forced to return to work while others formed new occupations. Many of them formed strike camps and gathered bush tucker, skins and engaged in mining activities to provide food and money for the people there.

Two of the key leaders in the movement were Ernie Mitchell and Peter Coppin. During the course of the strike, they re-gained the lease of the Yandeyarra Station in 1967 and set up an Aboriginal-run community and a community and pastoral enterprise.

YMAC’s Co-Chair Doris Eaton and Deputy Regional Manager Nyaparu Rose are the daughters of Ernie Mitchell and Peter Coppin. This tangible connection provides YMAC with a strong connection to the history of social justice and leadership.

PKKP Native Title Determination Video

Posted: September 2nd, 2015

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In September 2015, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura (PKKP) peoples celebrated the legal recognition of their native title rights. This video documents these moments and some of the lives the decision has influenced.

After 14 years, the government of Australia has recognised what the PKKP peoples have always known.

 

Launch of Aboriginal History Booklet and Yamaji Drive Trail

Posted: August 20th, 2015

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Stan Gratte, author of The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas

The City of Geraldton Regional Library recently released the final title in the Mid West Heritage series,
The Aboriginal History of Geraldton (Jambinu) and Surrounding Areas by Stan Gratte and Dale Forsyth. This series highlights Geraldton’s rich Aboriginal history.

The book was showcased on 19 August at the Launch@The Library along with the new Yamaji Drive Trail – a tourist guide, celebrating Yamatji history and culture in the Greater Geraldton area.

The author paints an overview of life for Aboriginal people living in the Geraldton area before and after the region was settled by Europeans.

This publication is now available for $9.95 from the City of Geraldton Regional Library and can also be purchased from the Geraldton Visitors Centre and WA Museum.

The 2015 Goodness Festival

Posted: August 11th, 2015

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Goodness Festival

The 2015 Goodness Festival is taking place from August 14-23 in the Mid West. The Festival enables innovation and collaboration to grow a smart, sustainable community. Through the 7 Festival Themes, Goodness makes it easy for everyone to learn about and ‘do’ science, social change, innovation, conservation, philanthropy and digital creativity. Unique to the Mid West, Goodness Festival features more than 25 events: tours, talks, workshops, pitches and exhibits.