This is a guest post by Chips Mackinolty, an artist and journalist based in Palermo and Darwin. On 9 August 1974, eight years almost to the day after the famous Wave Hill Walk Off, a group of largely Mangarrayi speaking families walked off Elsey Station. Yes, the place of the colonialist pastoral fantasy of We […]
Last night Warren Mundine proposed new military-style interventions into Aboriginal communities to provide health services. Chips Mackinolty shows that in the NT, community-controlled health services are the key to efficient and effective than health service provision.
Before and since European contact the Najig and Guyanggan Nganawirdbird groups have remained in Mataranka and surrounding communities on Elsey station, at Jilkminggan and throughout the Roper Valley. Their attachment to country through residence, spiritual life, ceremony, site protection and use of resources remains strong. Processes of change are recognised but are not seen by them to contradict their view of the constancy of the totemic landscape and their connection to it.