Garma Special – Part 2

Episode 98

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

This episode is dedicated to the late Uncle Archie Roach.

Garma is Australia’s premier Indigenous event, a celebration of the cultural, artistic and ceremonial traditions of the Yolngu people.

Over four days in remote Arnhem Land, guests are immersed in the rich cultural heritage of Yolngu hosts, experiencing traditional miny’tji (art), ancient story-telling, manikay (song) and bunggul (dance).

The over-riding artistic vision and cultural mission of Garma are to provide a contemporary environment for the expression and presentation of traditional Yolngu knowledge systems and customs and to share these practices in an authentic Yolngu setting.

Garma is a window into a slice of life not often seen outside of remote communities, and guests often describe it as a life-altering experience.

Garma has the ability to transcend colour, creed and race. Many of our supporters recognise how valuable these ingredients are in shaping the future of our nation.

The Garma gathering brings together business leaders, international political leaders, intellectuals, academics and journalists to discuss the most pressing issues facing Australia.

The eclectic mix of Yothu Yindi Foundation stakeholders and Garma participants and guests, despite its very remote location, makes northeast Arnhem Land the place to be each year.

In the afternoon the call of the yidaki (didjeridoo) announces the start of Garma, the largest and most vibrant annual celebration of Yolngu (Aboriginal people of northeast Arnhem Land) culture. The ancient sound of the Yidaki (didjeridoo) is a call to all people to come together in unity; to gather for the sharing of knowledge and culture; to learn from and listen to one another.

Garma incorporates visual art, ancient storytelling, dance – including the famous nightly bunggul and music, forums and education and training programs relevant to cultural tourism, craft, governance and youth leadership.

Recommendations throughout this episode:

Music by Uncle Archie Roach: Song – My Grandmother –


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The Black Magic Woman Podcast is hosted by Mundanara Bayles and is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly Aboriginal guests and explores issues of importance to Aboriginal people and communities. Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do.

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