By Eliza Segal
Gay’wu Group of Women is the ‘dilly bag women’s group’, a deep collaboration between five Yolngu women and three non- Aboriginal women over a decade. They are all co-authors of Weaving Lives Together at Bawaka, North East Arnhem Land and a book for young adults, Welcome to My Country. Image: supplied
Songspirals: Womens wisdom of Country
‘Songspirals are Life. These are cultural words from wise women. As an Aboriginal woman this is profound to learn. As a human being Songspirals is an absolute privilege to read.’ - Ali Cobby Eckermann, Yankunytjatjara poet
Aboriginal Australian cultures are the oldest living cultures on earth and at the heart of Aboriginal cultures is song. Songspirals are sung by Aboriginal people to awaken Country, to make and remake the life-giving connections between people and place. Songspirals are radically different ways of understanding the relationship people can have with thelandscape.
‘We want you to come with us on our journey, our journey of songspirals. Songspirals are the essence of people in this land, the essence of every clan. We belong to the land and it belongs to us. We sing to the land, sing about the land. We are that land. It sings to us.’
For Yolngu people from North East Arnhem Land, women and men play different roles in bringing songlines to life, yet the vast majority of what has been published is about men’s place in songlines. Songspirals offers readers a rare opportunity to connect with the living tradition of women’s songlines, as shared by Yolngu women from far north Australia. The book is illustrated with paintings and photos from the community.
‘A rare and intimate window into traditional women’s cultural life and their visceral connection to Country. A generous invitation for the rest of us.’
- Kerry O’Brien, Walkley Award-winning journalist
NT judge compares Indigenous offender to primitive person
[Christopher Knaus, The Guardian]
Greg Borchers, previously sanctioned in 2017, also tells mother she probably ‘abandoned your kids in that great Indigenous fashion’.
Australian War Memorial commissions first female Aboriginal war artist
Megan Cope is a Quandamooka woman (North Stradbroke Island) from south-east Queensland.
End of an era for the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association
by Gayle Mather
After over 20 years of hard work, for the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA) Vince Coulthard is starting a new journey in his life.