Stories from The Women of the Yarning

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For me and many of the women in my family, our mothers and grandmothers, sisters and aunties, I often think of them and what history has done to them. Despite all of their efforts to give us a good life, they were forced into positions and subjected to great inhumanities. The greatest inhumanity that I know the women in my family experienced, was the way they were treated as mothers.  Bessie It is our understanding that, traditionally, white women’s groups have fought against patriarchy’s oppression and the constraints of the state, for: women’s right to vote; women’s right to education; women’s right to own property; women’s right to the public sphere; women’s right to sexual freedoms; women’s right to contraception; women’s right to abortion; women’s right to… However, the ideological underpinnings of feminism’s championing of women’s right to challenge men’s wrongs failed to acknowledge that their use of the term women did not, and does not, speak to, or for, the experiences of all women. Such acknowledgment would recognise that the feminist agenda, perhaps inadvertently, excused, as it subsumed, the real life experiences of Aboriginal women, like Bessie.   This is an excerpt from an article authored and published by …

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26 January

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To many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians 26 January is a time of commemoration.   We commemorate 26 January 1788 because it was the date that Captain Arthur Phillip raised the British flag for the first time in Sydney Cove, and a reminder of the slaughter and dispossession of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders people in this country.  More than 500 linguistically, culturally and spiritually diverse Indigenous clans had lived on the continent for tens of thousands of years, with political, legal, economic and social infrastructure in place. But, the colonisers came. Guided, and motivated, by the imperialist (ir)rationality for the acquisition of land to expand mother England, the colonisers reported that the continent was unoccupied; an expanse of territory without settled inhabitants or settled law. And, in colonising mode, they declared the country no man’s land. Justice Michael Kirby understands:[i]  A charitable interpretation of the relationship between the Australian system post-1788 and the Indigenous Aboriginal people of the continent is that it is a tale of indifference and neglect. A less charitable interpretation is that it represents a cruel assertion of power: sometimes deliberate, sometimes mindless, resulting in the destruction of Aboriginal culture, unparallel rates of criminal conviction and …

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Aboriginal Cultural Showcase

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16 – 25 January is Tamworth Country Music Festival!! Australia’s largest gathering of Indigenous country musicians are gearing up to take Tamworth by storm at the fifth Annual Cultural Showcase, which is being held as part of the iconic Tamworth Country Music Festival. The Annual Cultural Showcase brings together some of the best and brightest Indigenous musicians this side of the Black Stump. The Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the southern hemisphere and one of the top 10 in the world! There is a variety of country music showcased during the festival with over 2,200 events and 4,000 different performances or gigs in 80 different venues, and attracts over 55,000 visitors.

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