Witiyana Marika

Episode 52

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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.

On episode 53 I have the absolute honour to yarn with Witiyana Marika. A respected Rirratjingu (yolngu) ceremonial leader who is best known as one of the founding members of the highly successful Yolngu band Yothu Yindi. More recently, he produced and starred in the recent film directed by Steven Maxwell Johnson ‘ High Ground’ – Australia’s Untold History, which was released in cinemas on the 28th of January 2021.

Witiyana was also Senior Cultural Advisor on the film, negotiating the nuanced and complex cultural elements and relationships between the different Indigenous clans who came together to work on different lands. We yarn about his beginnings, his country, family, music and of course the amazing truth telling film, High Ground – in cinemas now!

Recommendations throughout this episode:

HighGround Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urzHH9A1gFo

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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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