Cultural Awareness Archive

  • Australia Has Its Own “Haka” The following has been written by Richard Trudgen with coaching from Djiniyini & Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra, Dhulumburr Gayakamangu, Yingiya Guyulaand & Maratja Dhamarrandji. I recently got a phone call from Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra where she asked me, “What picture do […]

    Australia Has Its Own “Haka”

    Australia Has Its Own “Haka” The following has been written by Richard Trudgen with coaching from Djiniyini & Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra, Dhulumburr Gayakamangu, Yingiya Guyulaand & Maratja Dhamarrandji. I recently got a phone call from Dianne Biritjalawuy Gondarra where she asked me, “What picture do […]

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  •  Bridging the Gap Seminars 2015                 Our Bridging the Gap seminars have a reputation for imparting a broad range of practical cross-cultural skills; Skills you can then use to be effective in your work, EITHER if you need […]

    Seminars 2015

     Bridging the Gap Seminars 2015                 Our Bridging the Gap seminars have a reputation for imparting a broad range of practical cross-cultural skills; Skills you can then use to be effective in your work, EITHER if you need […]

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  • A response to the Federal Government’s 7th Closing The Gap Prime Minister’s Speech 2015 By Richard Trudgen Link: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/Closing_the_Gap_2015_Report_0.pdf After 7 bad reports, where the whole nation at government level has been trying to Close the Gap of disadvantage for Aboriginal people in the areas of health, education […]

    The 7th ‘Closing the Gap’ Report

    A response to the Federal Government’s 7th Closing The Gap Prime Minister’s Speech 2015 By Richard Trudgen Link: http://www.dpmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/publications/Closing_the_Gap_2015_Report_0.pdf After 7 bad reports, where the whole nation at government level has been trying to Close the Gap of disadvantage for Aboriginal people in the areas of health, education […]

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  • If you want to learn an Aboriginal Language it’s best to find an existing resource for the language group and region you want to work with. It’s very important to do your own homework rather then just going to find a native speaker and hassling them. […]

    Language Learning Resources

    If you want to learn an Aboriginal Language it’s best to find an existing resource for the language group and region you want to work with. It’s very important to do your own homework rather then just going to find a native speaker and hassling them. […]

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  • This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning deep mutual respect and understanding, […]

    Dharaŋanawuy – deep mutual respect and understanding

    This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning deep mutual respect and understanding, […]

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  • “I call you ŋäṉḏi, you call me waku. I am your daughter.” That was the moment when I stepped into the intricately beautiful kinship system of the Yolŋu people of North East Arnhem Land. Eight years on and I am filled with awe at the […]

    Ŋäṉḏi

    “I call you ŋäṉḏi, you call me waku. I am your daughter.” That was the moment when I stepped into the intricately beautiful kinship system of the Yolŋu people of North East Arnhem Land. Eight years on and I am filled with awe at the […]

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  • Learning an Aboriginal language has so many advantages that you could write a book about it. Sadly, because of the way the dominant culture views Aboriginal languages, many of them are dying out and we are losing powerful academic concepts from Aboriginal languages that have […]

    Why learn an Aboriginal language?

    Learning an Aboriginal language has so many advantages that you could write a book about it. Sadly, because of the way the dominant culture views Aboriginal languages, many of them are dying out and we are losing powerful academic concepts from Aboriginal languages that have […]

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  •   This week is NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme is focused on the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petition. It is a good time to remember the bark petitions that continue to be ignored. In 1963 Yolŋu Elders of north-east […]

    What Happened to the Second Bark Petition?

      This week is NAIDOC Week and this year’s theme is focused on the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petition. It is a good time to remember the bark petitions that continue to be ignored. In 1963 Yolŋu Elders of north-east […]

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  •   Is Why Warriors cross-cultural training relevant for others outside of Arnhem Land? This is a question that we are asked quite often when people approach us to meet their training needs. Due to the fact that we work with the Yolŋu people of Arnhem […]

    Is Why Warriors Cross-Cultural Training Relevant Outside of Arnhem Land?

      Is Why Warriors cross-cultural training relevant for others outside of Arnhem Land? This is a question that we are asked quite often when people approach us to meet their training needs. Due to the fact that we work with the Yolŋu people of Arnhem […]

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  • Response to the federal Government’s Our Land Our Languages inquiry into Indigenous languages. Why Warriors has always advocated that working with Yolŋu people in their own languages is the most efficient way for Yolŋu people to receive effective education, training and information towards their own empowerment. For this reason we require all our resource workers […]

    Our Land Our Languages Inquiry

    Response to the federal Government’s Our Land Our Languages inquiry into Indigenous languages. Why Warriors has always advocated that working with Yolŋu people in their own languages is the most efficient way for Yolŋu people to receive effective education, training and information towards their own empowerment. For this reason we require all our resource workers […]

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