Max Eulo performing the smoking ceremony for Yabun. Picture: Sharon Hickey
Max Eulo performing the smoking ceremony for Yabun. Picture: Sharon Hickey

Thousands flock to Victoria Park for Yabun festival in Sydney

JANUARY 26: Despite a rainy start, the Yabun Festival saw thousands of people flock to Sydney’s Victoria Park in Camperdown for the annual Invasion/Survival Day event. Entertainment included performances by Redfern Aboriginal reggae group Green Hand Band, Drifting Doolagahls, from Yuin Country, and Mau Power. Dance groups also proved popular with the big crowds, including the Buuja Buuja Butterfly Dance Company and the Djaadjawan Dancers. Funnyman Sean Choolburra had the audience in stitches with his unique brand of Aboriginal humour.

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WA names fresh men’s squad for Imparja Cup

Jubilant Western Australian men's players are joined by some of the State’s women’s players after beating NSW in last year’s Imparja Cup final in Alice Springs.
Jubilant Western Australian men's players are joined by some of the State’s women’s players after beating NSW in last year’s Imparja Cup final in Alice Springs.
Thursday, 22 January 2015 2:28 pm

IF WA is to retain next month’s Imparja Cup cricket title in Alice Springs, it will do so with a different-looking team to the one that won the crown last year. Missing from the 2014 side are Aarron Muir and Hayden Collard (injured), Jay Collard (work commitments), and Dempsey Badorek, Stewart McLean, Richard Walley and Rhonen Maher (all omitted). In comes Craig Jones and Jacob Muir. Returning to the squad are D’Arcy Short, Hugh Sando, Jayden Bennell, and Joshua Bailey.

Souths name Inglis as captain

Greg Inglis will captain the South Sydney Rabbitohs for 2015.
Greg Inglis will captain the South Sydney Rabbitohs for 2015.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 4:50 pm

THE South Sydney Rabbitohs have named Dunghutti man Greg Inglis as captain for the 2015 NRL season. Inglis replaces John Sutton, who led the Rabbitohs to their first premiership in 43 years in 2014. “We have a big job ahead of us as a squad and the senior players have a responsibility to make sure we get the best out of ourselves as a team each week,” Inglis told the ABC.

Thurston and Inglis headline All Stars squad

Johnathan Thurston, Laurie Daley and Greg Inglis in the 2013 Indigenous All Stars team.
Johnathan Thurston, Laurie Daley and Greg Inglis in the 2013 Indigenous All Stars team.
Monday, 19 January 2015 1:13 pm

NORTH Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston and Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis will headline a star-studded Indigenous All Stars squad for the match at Robina, Queensland, on Friday, February 13. The two finished as the most popular selections from a public vote of more than 15,000 fans and were separated by just 33 votes when the polls closed. Souths’ premiership-winning winger Alex Johnston and Gold Coast Titan Josh Hoffman will make their All Stars debuts.

Dog Mob project helps look after pups

Archie Bitjana at Ti Tree Creek Camp.
Archie Bitjana at Ti Tree Creek Camp.
Friday, 16 January 2015 4:53 pm

ANIMAL Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) is hoping to raise money via crowd-sourcing to look after dogs. Keeping dogs healthy and desexed in rural and remote communities can have flow on effects for their Aboriginal owners, according to AMRRIC. To help fund their dog health program, AMRRIC is using an innovative banking platform to raise funds to cover the cost of desexing dogs and delivering veterinary care and education to remote Indigenous communities. For more information call 1300 228 863 or see www.letsact.com.au

Exhibition confronts Australia’s ignorance

Blak Douglas, Blakward Pawn, an outdoor chess set, 2013. Photo: Blak Douglas
Blak Douglas, Blakward Pawn, an outdoor chess set, 2013. Photo: Blak Douglas
Thursday, 15 January 2015 4:19 pm

DHUNGATTI artist Blak Douglas and Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) lecturer and artist Adam Geczy have collaborated for a new exhibition Blakattak. According to the duo, Blakattak confronts Australia’s ignorance of Aboriginal history, rights and equality. Within a series of wall paintings, installations and sculptures, the artists use humour to draw attention to racist jibes, which are turned on their head in a provocative way. The exhibition at SCA Galleries will run from January 23 until February 21.

Putalina to be staged this weekend

Dewayne Everettsmith is one of the musicians playing at putalina in southern Tasmania on Saturday.
Dewayne Everettsmith is one of the musicians playing at putalina in southern Tasmania on Saturday.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 5:11 pm

TASMANIA’s premier Aboriginal community music event putalina is on this Saturday, January 17. Organised by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, putalina, in southern Tasmania, will feature artists including Dewayne Everettsmith, Bart Willoughby, Dougie Mansell, Adele Purton-Wigg and Kartanya Maynard. The family-friendly event is on Aboriginal land and is alcohol-free. Lunch will be provided.

‘Keriba Omasker’ laid to rest

Caskets at the 'Keriba Omasker' service in Cairns. Picture: Wayne Quilliam
Caskets at the 'Keriba Omasker' service in Cairns. Picture: Wayne Quilliam
Sunday, 11 January 2015 3:27 am

MOURNERS including Prime Minister Tony Abbott packed the Cairns Convention Centre today for the funeral service of eight local Torres Strait Islander children who died in their home last month. The service for Keriba Omasker, a Torres Strait Islander term meaning our children, included singing and other Torres Strait Islander themes. After the service, Keriba Omasker passed through an honour guard and were laid to rest. 

 

Qld’s Weare back for next month’s Imparja Cup

Preston White in action at a previous Imparja Cup.
Preston White in action at a previous Imparja Cup.
Thursday, 8 January 2015 10:58 am

The Queensland Imparja Cup side will welcome back a favourite son for the 2014-15 national Indigenous cricket championships in Alice Springs next month. Cairns allrounder Barry Weare, a former Australian Indigenous representative, will make his return to the Queensland ranks after an absence of several years. The Queensland squad will be captained by allrounder Preston White.

Darts champion out of world championships

A file picture of Kyle Anderson.
A file picture of Kyle Anderson.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015 10:47 am

AUSTRALIAN Indigenous darts champion Kyle Anderson was eliminated in the second round at the recent Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) 2015 World Darts Championships in London. Anderson, nicknamed The Original, went down 4-2 to 12th-seeded Englishman Andy Hamilton.

Public funeral for Cairns children

A mourner with floral tributes for the slain Cairns children.
A mourner with floral tributes for the slain Cairns children.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015 10:38 am

January 7: A public funeral service for eight Torres Strait Islander children who were killed in far north Queensland will be held in Cairns on Saturday. Family members of the four girls and four boys, aged between two and 14, have invited all to the service. The children were found dead in a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on December 19. Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, 37, the mother of seven of the children and aunt to the eighth, has been charged with eight counts of murder.