Re: << lovingpurelove >> Message Stick Dreaming
- True. That's kool.
Sorry, what I have in mind is gonna take more than a USB port I tell ya.
This tha shit going down this time proper proper way.
Tha full blood cuzins full circle together now.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Rongomatane <peacefulrongo@...>
>plugs into a USB port, on this message stick, is the means to connect
> Thank you, thank you, thank you, this is wonderful.
> The message stick I speak of is the modern day message stick, that
and free the Black Fulla and all peoples of our Mother. One of the
elders from down Woolongong way had a dream 11 years ago about a woman
from overseas coming with the truth, and when I was at Hill 60 for the
NADOC celebrations I was having a yarn with this elder and she said that
our conversation was her dream from 11 years ago, so for me a very
exciting moment, because she had seen me in the dreamtime 11 years ago,
she said that when she had the dream, she could not make sense of it,
till we'd spoken on the phone the day before I went down to Hill 60. So
my friend the dreaming is a reality not long to freedom now.
>Arnhem land are some of the best-known images of traditional Aboriginal
> heaps and heaps of love
> --- On Fri, 8/1/08, nicolai73 nicolai73@... wrote:
> From: nicolai73 nicolai73@...
> Subject: << lovingpurelove >> Message Stick Dreaming
> To: email@example.com
> Date: Friday, August 1, 2008, 3:13 AM
> Artist unknown(Liverpool River, northern Arnhem Land)
> Aboriginal painting
> Hammerhead sharks 1948
> The "X-ray" animals and Mimi and other spirit figures of western
>to visit us, to celebrate with us, or to settle matters that trouble us.
> Welcome to Diwurruwurru!
> In our languages, Diwurruwurru means MESSAGE STICK.
> We send out message sticks far and wide when we want to invite people
> This website is our message stick to the world. We warmly invite youto come and experience our cultures with us. We intend this website to
educate not only our own children but people everywhere.
> We choose to use web-technology (rather than print or CD-Rom) becausewe can change it as our culture and concerns change. This site is
intended to show us as both a traditional and a dynamic contemporary
> Who are we?the southern shores of the Gulf of Carpentaria in the small Northern
> We are Aboriginal Australians living in the 'top end' of Australia, on
Territory town of Borroloola and the areas around it. Our homelands are
in the Edward Pellew Group of Islands towards the south of the Gulf of
Carpentaria in northern Australia.
> We belong to four different cultures: the Yanyuwa (the senior Lawpeople of the area), the Garrwa, Mara and Gudanji. We are closely linked
through culture and marriage to other Aboriginal peoples of
Borroloola,the Garrwa, the Mara and the Gudanji. This website shows
mainly the Yanyuwa culture, but many Garrwa and Mara people and customs
will be seen here too. Eventually, there may be sites for these cultures
> This website shows a small part of Yanyuwa culture in ways that thepeople of that culture have chosen to show it. At the moment this site
features Yanyuwa culture, but you will find out about the other cultures
too, as we are more intermarried now than we used to be before European
contact. Eventually, we hope to have separate websites for the Garrwa,
Mara and Gudanji, but that depends on resources and skills being
available within our communities.
> This site is just a fragment of our culture, just what we are preparedto share with the outside world. The site changes continually as we
rethink what should be here and what is missing, and also what does not
quite say what we want it to.
> Please enjoy your visit to this site, and if you like what you see,come again!
> For more information about this site, emailwelcome from the Yanyuwa elders.
> Welcome to the Yanyuwa Website!
> If you have the Diwurruwurru CD, click here to listen to the official
> The website will tell you things about who we are, what we believe,how we use the land, the sea and the islands that we call country. It
will also tell of our language, our songs and stories, and our history,
and the institutions and problems we face as a people. It will tell you
where to go for more information. The website is being constructed in
close collaboration with the elders of the Yanyuwa community. We want
this website to educate our own people, especially our children, as well
as people who live distantly from Yanyuwa Country. We hope you enjoy
what you see of us and our culture, and our country.
> MISSION STATEMENTunanimously agree that this is our vision for the site:
> Li-Wirdiwalangu Li-Yanyuwa, the committee of elders who run this site,
> To promote cross-cultural understanding and reconciliation betweenindigenous culture and the wider Australian and world communities by way
of a website based on the Aboriginal cultures of the Borroloola area by
the following means:
> 1. To respect the diversity of cultures - Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Mara andGudanji - in the Borroloola area, and to at all times recognise the
existence of indigenous law, and the information held by the jungkayi
> 2. To communicate the living (contemporary and diverse) and historicalcultures of the Yanyuwa and their links to Garawa, Mara and Gudanji
cultures in relation to
> a. land
> b. ceremony
> c. kujika
> d. everyday life (eg., social issues, health, education, landrights
> 3. To further the employment and training prospects of Aboriginalpeople of Borroloola through the development of skills in
>Queensland, and the Australian National University.
> a. research
> b. administration
> c. computer literacy
> d. multi-media production
> e. cross-cultural programs at Deakin University, University of
> CREDITSopen-heartedness and the high-order teaching skills of the Yanyuwa
> This website could never have happened without the generosity and
community. Annie Isaac (Karrakayn), Dinah Norman, Jemima Miller,
Jeannette Charlie and her sister Miriam, Nancy and Rachel McDinny and
Dinny McDinny, and Thelma Douglas, and from Darwin, Barbara McCarthy,
have been energetic forces propelling the project forward. We thank them
and acknowledge their powerful sense of their culture. The hope is that
this website can take a part in strengthening Yanyuwa culture and
language into the next millennium. It is a matter of great pride that,
against the odds,Yanyuwa and Garrwa languages are among the twenty or so
(originally there were hundreds) that survive.
> There are many others who have over the years told Yanyuwa stories andtalked about their country to earlier researchers, who are also part of
the Diwurruwurru and Li-Wirdiwalangu Li-Yanyuwa team. In particular,
John Bradley, ethnobiologist and linguist, has spent many years in
Borroloola and is a fluent speaker of local languages. He continues to
serve the community as Senior Anthropologist in the Landclaims of 1992
and 2000, and as a teacher and writer, building bridges of understanding
between cultures. Richard Baker's oral histories have allowed a wider
world to hear the Yanyuwa version of contact history. Elizabeth
Mackinlay has worked with Yanyuwa women and helped to demonstrate the
richness of Yanyuwa musical culture and fun songs. The film-makers who
have worked with the Yanyuwa also deserve our thanks for helping to
build bridges between cultures: Carolyn Strachan and Alessandrou
Cavadini, Debbie Sonnenberg and Jan Wositzki and Trevor Graham.
> There are many others too.from the Deakin Centre for Academic Development and Frances Devlin
> The handmaidens of the project are Adrienne Campbell, web-designer
Glass, from the School of Literary and Communication Studies, Deakin
University. They bring the parts together and take advice from Yanyuwa
people about what needs to be on the site, what must not be on the site,
and how it might work better. They are keen for their students, mainly
but not exclusively whitefellas, to learn directly from Aboriginal
people what they should know about the land they share. The aim of these
web-authors/designers is to have Yanyuwa people taking full control of
the authorship (technical as well as cultural ownership) of the site,
and plans are afoot to realise that ambition.
> One day we hope the site will be hosted on Yanyuwa country and thatYanyuwa people will be authors in addition to being, as at present,
consultants and owners.
> This site is being developed with the assistance of a CommonwealthUniversities Teaching Staff Development Grant, supplemented by Deakin
>should not enter.
> BOUNUH WONGEE
> "MESSAGE STICK"
> "We would get a strong sign if we were approaching an area which we
> This sign would mainly be a certain animal, bird or land formationwhich we had strong affiliation with, a sign to 'go back'. A warning."
> Noongah Elderour Traditional Elders, Spiritual Leaders, and Grass Roots Advocates of
> JANGGA MEENYA BOMUNGGUR"
> (THE SMELL OF THE WHITE MAN IS KILLING US)
> We the Custodial Owners of Nyoongah Culture Respectfully representing
the Nyoongah people declare a Stand of belligerent Confrontation on All
People who for their own interests with no RESPECT, DIGNITY or INTEGRITY
continually exploit Our Culture and Spirituality.
> Where as on multiple fronts varying interest have infiltrated theSacredness of our Culture for the purpose of Desecration and control.
These interests reflect Anthropological Studies, Scientific Research,
White Consultants, Eco Tourism, Student Studies, Medical Interests,
Herbalists, Alternative Religious Practitioners, Humanitarians, Self
Proclaimed Healers, Spiritual ans Psychological Refugees, New Age
Shamans, Cultists and Their Followers.
> Where as Our Significant Sacred Objects that bore the Storylines ofour Origins of Existence have been Stolen and stored in Collection
around the world.
> Where as various Animal Life with Totemic Significance are now knownto be extinct, many forms of Flora which provided Medicine for Our
People no longer flourish in abundance, and ochre pits rich in Ancient
Paint used for Ceremonial Purpose have been destroyed.
> Where as the Skulls and Bones of our Proud and Strong People have beendispersed throughout the World as grotesque souvenirs or have been taken
into World Laboratories and Museums for supposed experimental purposes.
> Where as Non-Aboriginal people `Wadjulla' (WHITE) Academics,Intellectuals and Theorists have enforced their Images based on Their
Value Belief Systems creating distorted realism of Our Traditional
Values and Way of life.
> Where as Non-Aboriginal people `Wadjulla' have assigned themselves tomake believe Aboriginal Names to facilitate wholesome expropriation and
commercialisation of our Nyoongah Traditions by all means of extortion.
> Where as Academic Institutions supported by Statuary Bodies mimic,duplicate and exploit Significant Traditional Art Symbols and meanings
for recreational School Art Programs, encouraging Non-Aboriginal
expressions creating alien story concepts. Where as Media, Film Industry
and non-aboriginal Art Expressionists continue to promote systematic
Colonisation Grossly Distorting Nyoongah Spirituality and culture which
reinforces the publics negative stereotyping of nyoongah people and
gravely impairs the self esteem of our people.
> Where as Individuals and groups involved in the New Age Movement,Women's Movement and Neo-Pagan Cults and Shamanism Workshops have all
exploited the Spiritual and Cultural Traditions of Nyoongah People by
imitation of Ceremonial Understanding and molten Meshing this with
Non-Aboriginal Occult Practice oppressive manner.
> THIS BREEDS THE IMPLICATIONS OF A FALSE IDENTITY FOR FUTUREGENERATIONS
> So Therefore we resolve as follows:Nyoongah Spiritual and Cultural traditions this requires immediate
> As a result of this continued assault and misrepresentation of
action to protect Our precious Spirituality form Further desecration,
contamination and abuse.
> 1. We will by the Blood of Our Ancestors nurture and protect OurPeople, Traditions and Spiritual Practice by whatever means.
> 2. We will by way of Traditional Protocol inform All Aboriginal Peopleto actively participate to oppose Cultural and Systematic genocide of
Our Traditions and Way of Life.
> 3. We call for the strength of Unity of all Aboriginal People in Urbanand rural Areas to identify and resist all abuses and exploitation of
Our Culture utilising whatever tactics are required in accordance to
> 4. We condemn the Internalising of Our Own People who continue toprofit from their own prostitution of Nyoongah Culture for their own
gain and self acclaim with no regard to the well being of All Nyoongah
> 5. We Oppose Stridently and Non-Aboriginal Author with accumulatedCultural Information who impress their own Imaginative Theories and
fabricated Ideologies claiming any Ownership or Rights to Speak or Act
on Behalf of the Nyoongah Community and Our Culture.
> 6. We oppose Nyoongah Culture promotion being exploited and used tocreate a false illusion of Reconciliation as part of celebrating any
activity regarding the Colonisation of Our People for political
interests ie Australia Day, Bicentennial and Centennial Celebrations
etc, etc, ...
> MAY OUR CAMPFIRES BURN FOREVERMarch 16 1997 [PH]. The Australian 50 cent coin, roughly 32 mm in
> message stick
> ug ilpa
> ilp elan
> yuku maakan
> mo'a yakan
> in Uw Olkola
> in Uw Olkola
> in Pakanh
> in Pakanh
> Message stick, Kowanyama Land and Natural Resources Management Office,
diameter, allows for an estimation of size.