Indigenous traditional owners in remote West Arnhem Land have lost patience with being prohibited from selling valuable barramundi from their coastal waters, while commercial boats do just that.
For the first time in Northern Territory Parliament history, an interpreter has been permitted on the Chamber floor to translate a sitting member’s speech in their traditional language.
The Gulf of Carpentaria is being inundated with some of the highest densities of rubbish in the world
Joseph Brown, an Indigenous leader from the nearby community of Beswick, is among those who have watched the accompanying penalty regime make families go hungry. Many participants have had their welfare payments cut for up to eight weeks if they don’t attend regularly enough.
A project working with high school students in the birthplace of musical group Yothu Yindi is putting Indigenous female rappers in the spotlight — and they are doing it in their own language, Yolngu Matha.
More than 400 Yolngu people from across six Arnhem Land communities have helped create a new resource to better deal with family violence across the region. ARDS Aboriginal Corporation has been working on the family violence project for the past three years.
The Darwin-based musician, who was raised in Milingimbi and Maningrida in northeast Arnhem Land, is the first Indigenous artist to have achieved mainstream success rapping in the Yolngu Matha language.
There is evidence fishermen from Makassar, on what is now the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, were visiting the coast of what is now Arnhem Land to collect sea cucumbers as early as the mid-1600s to sell to Chinese merchants. The fishermen camped on the beach to boil and dry their caught trepang, and exchanged goods with the local Indigenous tribes.
It was all smiles as the Prime Minister announced Australia will ease its limitations on kava imports — a drink popular among Pacific Islanders.
Australia’s celebrated Arnhem Land aerospace project, rather than being dedicatedly civilian as the nation was media-led to believe, will have a US military component. Can the town of Nhulunbuy be permitted to survive? Probably not. Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine will soon close and the only other functions of the town are as a servicing hub for local Aboriginal communities and as a staging post for tourism. Obviously, both roles will end. And the Indigenous population? Without access to Songline sites, morale will collapse, and Arnhem Aboriginal culture will go into terminal decline.