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Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council



Ayakwa : a publication of the Anindilyakwa Land Council

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Anindilyakwa Land Council newsletter


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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Date:2011-06; May/June 2011 Edition; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




Groote Eylandt (N.T.); Anindilyakwa Land Council; Aboriginal Australians; Land tenure; Periodicals

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Issue 3, May/June 2011 Edition

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CMYK SPOT A | 15 Ayakwa | May/June 2011 Edition 3 In 2008 Kevin Rudd and Brendan Nelson gave two very different apology speeches to the Stolen Generations. Rudd alluded to racism, eugenics and the immorality of past policies. Nelson spoke of benign intentions, goodness and the hurt felt by those accused of wrong doings. Both cannot be true - or could they? This book challenges how we judge the past and asks what exactly it was that the Australian nation said sorry for. It is a fresh contribution to white Australias perennial search for national identity - an identity we need to now assert against the darker facts of our history on this great continent we all call home. Ayakwa has three copies of The Protectors to giveaway. To enter, just fill in the form below and drop it into the box at the ALC or the Job Shop or mail to: ALC, BOOK GIVEAWAY, PO Box 172, Alyangula NT 0885. ART & CULTURE Theyre weaving them into works of art and more practical pieces like cushions and baskets. Art instructor Aly De Grootes was on the island in March to help dozens of women and girls start weaving using these ghost nets and help protect the environment. Roseanne Rankin, 12, says they also learned that ghost nets hurt wildlife. They kill turtles and crocodiles and other animals because they get stuck in them, Roseanne said. Jeanna Wurrmai, 10 says some of the nets were very big like the size of a house. If something gets stuck in there, it cant get out, she said. Aly said the weaving project was a great way to raise awareness of the harm that old fishing nets do to the environment. The contemporary basket making techniques used are based on the same principles as Indigenous basket weaving, she said. For more information on ghost nets see Land and Sea page 20. Women weave ghost message Artists and weavers have found a novel way of using the discarded fishing nets that wash up onto Groote beaches, trapping and killing turtles and other marine life. A painting by Anindilyakwa traditional owner, Alfred Lalara, has been entered into the prestigious 28th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Alfred is a talented contemporary and traditional artist and one of few that still paint traditional line art. The biggest winner in the awards will take home $40,000 the winner of each of the following categories wins $4000: Telstra General Painting Award; Telstra Bark Painting Award; Telstra Work on Paper Award; Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3D Award; and the Telstra New Media Award The award exhibition opens, and award presentations will be made, on Thursday, August 11. Local artist vies for national award A journey through whitefella past This book is a very personal search to understand the men who were the protectors of Aboriginal people in Australias north - their moral ambiguities, their good intentions and the devastating consequences of their decisions. WIN! The Protectors Book Giveaway Name:...................................................................... Address:................................................................... .................................................................... Drop the completed form into the box at the Anindilyakwa Land Council or the Job Shop or mail to: ALC, BOOK GIVEAWAY, PO Box 172, Alyangula NT 0885. AWARENESS: Roseanne Rankin (above) learns about weaving and Jeanna Wurrmai (left) shows off her small basket.

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