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Grants available for WA heritage

Posted: March 20th, 2017

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Applications for the Federal Government’s Community Heritage Grants program are now open, and are offering up to $15,000 for community organisations including indigenous groups.

These grants are made available to protect and display cultural collections of national significance. The grants program offers collection management workshops to offer training to assist regional staff and volunteers with preservation efforts.

Grant applications close 8 May. More information about the program can be found here, and the guidelines and application form can be found here.

Major grant for regional artists closes 3 March

Posted: March 1st, 2017

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Country Arts WA is reminding regional artists that the final round of the Regional Arts Legacy Grants (RALG) close on Friday 3 March.

More than $170,000 is available for community art projects. In the last 12 months, the RALG program has contributed almost $1 million to regional organisations which promote cultural activities, community vibrancy, and professional development for regional artists.

For more information about how to apply for a grant, you can call Country Arts WA on 1800 811 883 and (08) 9200 6200, or visit the website here.

Mid West Art Prize open for submissions

Posted: February 13th, 2017

The Greater City of Geraldton has reopened the Mid West Art Prize for submissions. Entries need to be submitted by 5:00PM on Monday 1 May, and must include the $40 entry fee.

The total prize pool for the 2017 Mid West Art Prize is $30,000. Awards and prizes will include:

  • City of Greater Geraldton Overall Award for Excellence $20,000
  • Rio Tinto Midwest Aboriginal Art Award $5,000
  • REDFM Youth Award $3,500
  • Local Member (MLA) People’s Choice Award $1,500

More details about the prize and submitting your work can be found at the City of Greater Geraldton’s website here.

National Indigenous Youth Parliament open for applications

Posted: February 7th, 2017

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A program sponsored by the YMCA, Australian Electoral Commission and volunteers is inviting Aboriginal people between the ages of 16 and 25 to apply to the week-long National Indigenous Youth Parliament.

Six people from each state will travel to Canberra to develop their leadership skills, meet Australia’s leaders, learn about democracy and have their say on important issues.

The deadline for applications is Friday 3 March 2017. More information about the program and how to apply can be found on the AEC website here.

Nyangumarta Warrarn TEK project gets published

Posted: January 24th, 2017

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With the support of YMAC, the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and the Indigenous Protected Areas Program, the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation has published a compilation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of the Nyangumarta Warrarn Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).

The booklet is a collection of ethno-botanical information passed down through generations of Nyangumarta people. More than 80 plants were collected, and descriptions of 70 species appear in the book. The data was collected during two surveys of Nyangumarta country in 2014 and 2015.

A copy of the booklet can be obtained through Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation, and digital copies of the booklet can be downloaded from the YMAC website here.

New Bundiyarra newsletter available

Posted: January 13th, 2017

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The December edition of Bundiyarra Gardantha, the newsletter produced by the Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation, is now available for download.

In this issue, Bundiyarra shares stories from its successful language bush camp, photos of a visit by The Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of WA, and the exciting work being done to protect the language of the Malgana people from Shark Bay.

Bundiyarra Gardantha, which means “a good place moving forward”, is a quarterly newsletter which has been produced with help of a grant from the City of Greater Geraldton. Digital copies of back issues are available on the Bundiyarra website here, and you can request to be added to their mailing list by contacting them by email.

Paddy Poland documentary to air on NITV

Posted: December 8th, 2016

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A WA-produced documentary about Malgana man Jimmy “Paddy” Poland will be shown on NITV (SBS) over the next three years.

“Shark Bay Salt Water Stories: Yarning with Jimmy” is a collection of stories looking at Jimmy’s life growing up around the Gutharraguda (Shark Bay) area over nine decades.

The film tells his stories about growing up in the Shark Bay community, how he worked as a fisherman, stockman, shearing hand, and cook, and how he learned how to carve pearl shell, emu eggs and boab nuts from his father.

You can watch an excerpt here and learn more about the film at the Facebook page here.

Singing The Train

Posted: November 29th, 2016

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For the next few months AIATSIS will exhibit Singing The Train. The exhibition tells through an Aboriginal song sung in Njamal language, of the first railway that ran between Port Hedland and Marble Bar in the Pilbara between1910 to 1951. The song was created by Aboriginal composer and stockman Larry Brown and passed to his daughter Topsy Fazeldean Brown who performed it in 1964 at Port Hedland.

Larry Brown composed Singing the Train using traditional Aboriginal song styles which expressed his feelings of this new addition of a train line to his Country. Singing The Train is a collaboration between Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, Revolutions Transport Museum and AIATSIS. For more information on Singing The Train, you can visit the website here.

 

 

Wangka Maya celebrates book launch

Posted: November 17th, 2016

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An event to celebrate the launch of Partulyayimarta: Ngarla Birds will take place on Monday 28 November at Wangka Maya’s South Hedland office from 10.30am to 1.00pm.

Partulyayimarta: Ngarla Birds documents an Aboriginal way of identifying, naming, and classifying birds. It also provides additional cultural and linguistic information alongside scientific and common English names for 117 different birds found throughout traditional Ngarla Country.

For more information about the event, you can contact Wangka Maya at 9172 2344 or Larissa Brown at 0488 773 143. RSVP’s are welcomed until Thursday 24 November. The book is $40, and it is available for purchase at the event and on the Wangka Maya website here.