Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Media Statement

Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Media Statement

YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION MEDIA STATEMENT—Thursday 29 November 2012 http://yindjibarndi.org.au/   YINDJIBARNDI WANT SOLUTION TO FMG DEBACLE   Yindjibarndi Elder Bruce Woodley joins Sue Singleton, Brad Goode and Kerry Savas in telling the ‘inconvenient’ truth about Fortescue’s (FMG) behind-the-scenes tactics to divide Yindjibarndi society and destroy our culture. We thank him for his courage, as we do the others, and all those who might follow. We especially hope that Bruce’s peers ...

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YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION MEDIA RELEASE

YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION MEDIA RELEASE

  FMG ‘DECLASSIFIED’ THEN DESTROYED YINDJIBARNDI HERITAGE SITES Recent reports that, Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) is pushing ahead with the “low-cost Firetail deposit” at its Solomon Project, while scaling back other operations, have raised fears of a ‘heritage holocaust’ as FMG scrambles for cash flow to weather the freefall in iron ore price. These fears follow confirmation in documents released by the Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA), under the Freedom ...

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"Freeport is a symbol of everything that is wrong with Papua"

“Freeport is a symbol of everything that is wrong with Papua”

PT Freeport Indonesia’s newly appointed president director, Rozik B. Soetjipto, announced this week that the company is willing to renegotiate its contract with the Indonesian government for the continuation of its giant Grasberg mine complex and for the expansion of underground mining at the site. In interviews with the Jakarta Post this week, Rozik stressed Freeport Indonesia is racing to secure and build massive underground mining facilities ahead of the ...

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The stories, art and dance of Arnhem Land, the longest running show in history

The stories, art and dance of Arnhem Land, the longest running show in history

NAIDOC week seems a fitting time to diverge a little from the normal themes of Blak and Black and have a peak into what was our culture prior to the British lead European invasion of our lands, which commenced in earnest on 26th January 1788. Prior to this faithful day, all 700 or so Aboriginal cultures inhabiting continental Australia had their own religion, law and lore. Those of us living ...

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YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION and 'SOLOMON HUB’

YINDJIBARNDI ABORIGINAL CORPORATION and ‘SOLOMON HUB’

Following is a press release issued by the YIndjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation on 4 August, 2011. Under the heading: THE FACTS ABOUT FMG’s PROPOSED ‘SOLOMON HUB’ IN YINDJIBARNDI COUNTRY.  I have left the press release as it was written to give the Yindjibarndi a chance to speak for themselves: FMG has applied for 43 exploration licences, 4 mining leases and more than 100 miscellaneous licences in Yindjibarndi Country. The proposed “Solomon” ...

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The art of Arnhem Land

The art of Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land … a place of legend, of beauty and wildlife, some of the world’s most priceless and vivid natural assets. A place of Dreamtime and an ancient way of life that against the odds, continues to this day. Within the borders of this ancient land is a place the local Aborigines call Rock Country, a moonscape containing one of the most spectacular collections of ancient art anywhere in the ...

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Art the soul of life!

Art the soul of life!

My approach to life owes much to Lao Tzu’s maximum: “Live life in all possible ways; don’t choose one thing against the other, and don’t try to be in the middle.” Not being in the middle is the starting point of my song. Why a song, I hear you ask – because songs don’t wait to resolve, because songs mean so much. Stories wait for endings; songs are brave things ...

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Art and the sacred in Aboriginal Society

Art and the sacred in Aboriginal Society

While traditional and authentic Aboriginal culture in South-Eastern Australia went into terminal decline with the arrival of European settlers in 1788, the Aboriginal tribes of Arnhem Land in the north-eastern corner of the Northern Territory were able to maintain their traditional way of life until relatively recently. It is for this reason that I look to Arnhem Land as a source of authentic Aboriginal art; art that is not purely ...

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Negated rights

Negated rights

This post by Kim at Frog Ponds Rock demonstrates how the almighty dollar is being over-ridden by the West Australian Government. It’s not long. Go read, click on the link and sign the petition. ...

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