Film’s focus native title hearing
■ A short film dedicated to a recent native title hearing in the Pilbara has been released by Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation.
The clip celebrates the 200 Yindjibarndi people who went to the place they call Garliwinyji Wundu to support evidence for the Federal Court hearing.
YAC chief executive Michael Woodley said the video was about getting people to realise there is life beyond us. “Our old people never missed a beat in terms of what was their responsibility — giving over the Yindjibarndi knowledge in the country to the next Yindjibarndi generation,” he said.
“Like the old people say … old Mayaringbungu, Ned Cheedy ... when they asked him ‘who is the owner of the country?’ he said ‘ask the baby’.
“Until we know that there are no more Yindjibarndi coming, you got no right to give this country away.”
The native title hearing is for an exclusive possession claim over part of Yindjibarndi country.
Tarrence Warrie, Kayne Walker, Jeremiah Lockyer and Simon Lockyer were at the Yindjibarndi people’s native title hearing.