Art and the Homelands: ANKAAA Panel at Garma Festival 2009

Garma Festival of Traditional Culture 2009
Indigenous Creative Industries Key Forum
ANKAAA Panel Discussion: Art and the Homelands
Monday 10th August 2009

Homelands Garma festival 2009

L – R: Djambawa Marawili, Dean Yibarbuk, Freddie Timms and Richard Gandhuwuy at the Garma Festival of Traditional Culture, Gulkula, Eastern Arnhem Land. All photos © Yothu Yindi Foundation / Garma Festival.

Panel Members:

  • Djambawa Marawili: Yilpara Homeland, Blue Mud Bay, North East Arnhem Land; Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre; ANKAAA Chairman.
  • Wamud Namok (deceased): Kabulwarnamyo Homeland, Central Arnhem Land Plateau, West Arnhem Land; Injalak Arts, Gunbalanya.
  • Dean Yibarbuk: Manwurrk Ranger, Bininj Fire ecologies, Secretary Warddeken Land Management Association
  • Ray Nadjamerrek: Grandson of Wamud Namok
  • Freddie Timms, Ngarrmaliny (naramali), Janama: President Jirrawun Arts, Wyndham, WA; ANKAAA Director.
  • Richard Gandhuwuy: Dhambala Homeland; Chairperson Elcho Island Arts, Marthakal Homelands Resource Centre, Galiwin’ku.
  • Dion Teasdale: Manager, Elcho Island Arts
  • Christina Davidson: CEO, ANKAAA

Homeland is really important to me… What I call homeland – home is my land. It’s where I can breathe fresh wind, where I can walk along the beach or in the bushes – that’s giving me strength. And all those things are all you need under the land. People who are living in the country, they know.

 Djambawa Marawili

Dr Gawirrin Gumana

Under threat…Dr Gawirrin Gumana fears ‘we will be gone as a people. Ancestral homelands are a life force’
Photo: Glenn Campbell www.smh.com.au

Download Health and Homelands Report 2009 (PDF, 240KB)