Anangu Youth Workers’ Newsletter Issue 12, July 2009


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Anangu Youth Workers’ Newsletter Issue 12, July 2009

The Australian Institute of Social Relations is a division of
Relationships Australia (SA)
Front Cover: Robin Kankapankatja from Kaltjiti community

CONTENTS Editorial ......................................................................................................................................................................... 2 Amata ............................................................................................................................................................................ 3 Pipalyatjara & Kalka................................................................................................................................................4 Kaltjiti.............................................................................................................................................................................. 5 Iwantja........................................................................................................................................................................... 6 Mimili .............................................................................................................................................................................8 Finke desert race: Part 1 preparing and training.................................................................................9 Young Artists of APY taking the next step..............................................................................................10 Welcome Danny Curtis .......................................................................................................................................11

EDITORIAL

Wai Palya
Welcome to Yungapala Kungkawara the magazine for young people and youth workers on the APY lands. Yungapala Kungkawara aims to promote the positive youth activities that are happening across the lands as well as the achievements of Anangu young people.
Over the last few months Young Anangu have pushed themselves to succeed in areas such as music, dance and sport. In this edition read about the recent performances by Inma Rikina, the Iwantja Band and The Red Sand Band in concerts
outside of the APY lands. After practicing and preparing these young artists travelled to perform in Adelaide and Queensland. Performing at these events meant doing many things for the first time, like going on a plane, travelling interstate and performing in front of large audiences. Overcoming their fears and nervousness all the groups performed
really well and come with not only more confidence but knowledge about performing their music and dance.
This Yungapala Kungkawara also has the first part of a two part story about the young riders in the Finke Race. This is one of the toughest races in the world and young men from APY are realizing that to be successful in the race you need to
prepare for it. You can read the training a group of young men undertook in preparation for this grueling race. In the next edition we will tell you how they went!
NPY Women’s Council continues to run exciting and fun school holiday programs for communities across the APY lands. Youth Workers from NPY with skills in music, art, craft and sports have creating many opportunites for Anangu young people to not only have fun but also learn new skills and grow in confidence. In the last holidays Anangu youth workers from communities were important in helping these programs be successful. Inside there are stories about the holiday
programs in Iwantja, Pipalyatjara/Kalka, Amata , Fregon and Mimili.
Over the next few months we are planning to re open sheds in Mimili, Pipalyatjara, Kalka , Fregon and Iwantja. Anangu from these communities have started to take training in youth work and also have been getting the sheds ready. There will also be two new coordinators to help out these new youth workers. Their job will be to work with the new Anangu
youth workers to train them and show them how to run youth sheds.
It’s not only the job of the youth worker to make sure the shed is a fun and happy place for everyone who uses it. It’s also up to tjitji tuta , young fellas, young women, parents and community members to look after the shed and equipment in the shed. If everyone works together in this way then the youth sheds will be places where there are fun and exciting things to do and this is good for everyone.
Palyo!
Andrew Groome

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Amata
The Youth Shed in Amata continued to be a popular venue over the Easter holidays for many activities including the pool table, computer games, movies, painting, craft, facepainting, science experiments, music and many ball games such as cricket, stuck-in-themiddle, and skittles. In one of the science experiments we made a Wind Arrow, or Walpa Wilitjinanyi, which could point to the direction that the wind was coming from.
Local youth workers and community members cooked up a storm on the BBQ before the Friday night disco. By the end of the night the Youth Shed and everybody in it was glowing fluorescent green thanks to the glow sticks Andrew brought!
Unfortunately the swimming pool in Amata was closed, but people came together to do bush trips which was good fun; and educational too. We hunted for tjala (honey-ants), bush-onions, bush-potatoes, malu (kangaroo), kalaya (emu) and maku (witchetty-grub). We also enjoyed playing softball and football on the red sand, and young people got really involved in taking photo tjuta! The photos were put into a collage and laminated for young people to take home to show their families.
Shelly Madden

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Pipalyatjara & Kalka
Softball and football is a huge hit in Kalka and Piplytjara and the Easter holidays saw many balls flying in the air at once! The crystal blue waters of the pool are definitely one of the main attractions too, where we had a lot of fun playing water games like duck ‘n’ dive, water-volleyball, swimming lessons and underwater photography. The pool was also a great place for drawing pictures and hosting a BBQ. During the holidays we used the school classroom to do painting, computer work and kite making. Many photos were taken above and below water over the Easter holidays by all the young people. The photos were combined with some of the amazing recordings of tjitji singing and made into a short film clip on DVD. On our last day of the holidays we enjoyed a BBQ and softball at Kalka. Thanks to everyone involved in making the school holidays constructive and fun-filled! Shelly Madden
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Kaltjiti
Mei Lai and Katrina spent a really fun week in Fregon over the Easter holidays. We had a great time with all the kids in the Youth Shed painting and preparing signs and games for a big Fair Day at the end of the week. Everyone had lots of fun on the day, having a go at all the activities and winning lots of prizes. We also had a wonderful trip to Climbing Rock with Collianne Smith and the kungkas and a great night in the creek playing guitars while we cooked up some tails and damper. Mei Lai got a chance to record some really good music with the older fellas and show some of the younger ones how to make their own tracks using Garage Band on the computer. There was plenty of softball and football and a really fun disco - thanks Andrew for the glow sticks. Thanks also to Kenny Nelson and Collianne Smith who came to the shed to help out with the activities. It’s great having that kind of support.
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Iwantja

The young people of Iwantja enjoyed heaps of different activities in the April school holidays. Big smiles were lighting up faces everywhere during the dog showing event, and kids were jumping at the opportunity to give their dogs a bath and parade them around the community on a lead. We believe this was a particularly novel event for the four-legged participants.
The mask-making workshop was also great fun and those involved enjoyed getting their hands dirty. Laurel was a great help at getting the wet plaster on everyone’s faces, the sight of which made everyone laugh.
Alec organized a great Softball workshop with Jaimie from SANFL and Liz and Jess from SA State Softball. It was good to get out in the beautiful Autumn weather to chase that ball - Brenda showed her champion potential by hitting at least 8 home runs!
As usual, everyone also had a good time at the disco that Jeremy put on and enjoyed lots of popcorn on movie night!
NPY Women’s Council would like to thank all those involved in supporting the school holiday program: Alec Henry, Maria Stewart and the women at the Homemaker’s Centre, Jeremy Henry and the Community Store.
Story by Jacinta Dalton and Naomi Grove, NPY Youth Team

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Mimili
Over the Easter holidays, Mei Lai and Katrina spent a week with the kids in Mimili doing music and other fun activities. It was great to catch up with old friends and meet lots of new ones. Everyone had lots of fun playing in the Youth Shed, painting up old car bonnets to put around the community, playing sport, dancing with glow sticks at the disco, and going on bush picnics to Victory Well and Yellow Dam. There was plenty of malu wipu to go round! It was a great chance for young people to record new songs with Mei Lai. Some young fellas recorded their own gospel songs, some of the girls wrote a cool R’n’B song about how to stop fighting at school, and lots of other kids had a go at writing and recording hip hop, gospel and even Jamaican dancehall. It was great to see the kids and their parents getting together to sing and record their songs. There’s a great collection of Mimili songs now, so expect to hear them at the pool next summer!
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Finke desert race: Part 1 preparing and training
Every year the young men who are involved in the motorcross program become more and more serious about the Finke Desert race. Over the past 12 months they have competed in many different motorcross events in the region and as a result have developed better skills in racing and more knowledge about they need to do to be successful in this sport. In the lead up to Finke some of the riders went on a training trip or ‘pre ride’ on the Finke track. Amos Frank, Noel Hampton, Phillip Marshall, Richard Schilling, Winima Ken rode out from Finke to Bundooma and then back again. The section of the race track is the most difficult and it gave
the young men a chance to study the track and become familiar with it before the race. Peter Harris (DFC) Madhu Sudan (Drug and Alcohol Services) and myself drove along behind the riders in case there were anyone got into trouble, however there were no accidents as all the riders had fun racing along the track. We camped overnight at Bundooma and Phillip entertained us all with songs and jokes as we sat by the fire. Andrew
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Young Artists from APY Taking the Next Step
The music scene is getting pretty interesting on the APY Lands. There are now several bands in most communities. The Red Sand Band from Amata recently performed at Blak Nite Festival in the grounds of Carclew in Adelaide. The band is headed up by Stewart Gaykamangu who is on keyboard and vocals and is the chief song writer. Ralph Gaykamangu is also on keyboard and vocals, James Windy, rhythm and vocals, Quentin Burton plays lead, Glendan Williams bass and Ishmael Burton drums. Everyone was really impressed at their professional performance. The crowd had a great time dancing to the band’s reggae rhythms and sweet harmonies.
All in all, they did a fantastic job of representing their community and all the APY Lands. Stanley Douglas, an Elder from the Amata Community accompanied the band on the trip to assist them. It was a real asset to have a respected elder like Stanley travelling with the band.
Over at Iwantja, the Iwantja Band keep going from strength to strength. The band played at the inaugural Yarnballa festival last year and were spotted by talent scouts. They were then invited to play at the International Festival of the Dreaming over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. With help from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department for Families and Communities (DFC), Country Arts SA, Carclew Youth Arts and TAFE, they headed up to Alice Springs to catch the plane to Adelaide, then Sydney and Brisbane. It was the first time most of them had been on a plane and they were both a little nervous, and VERY excited!
At the Festival they played on two separate occasions. The first was to a small crowd at 1pm, and the second to a much larger crowd at 11pm. When the band played at night, they changed their sound to full on heavy rock and just blew away the crowd. People were screaming for more, they could not believe their eyes and ears. They renamed Jeremy Whiskey to Jimiri (Hendrix) when they saw and heard just how incredibly talented he and Jason Cullinan, the other lead guitarist are.
The Iwantja Band are launched their CD at Marla Travellers Rest on Saturday night, June 20, supported by Red Sand Band from Amata.
Story and Photos by Mark Smerdon tafeSA lecturer
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Anangu Youth Workers’ Newsletter Issue 12, July 2009