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PostPosted: 05.03.2010, 08:13 
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The Yothu Yindi Foundation is organizing Garma each year and the foundation has issued the "Traditional Masters" CD series so this might interest some of you:

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Yothu Yindi Foundation CEO quits amid secrecy
By Emma Masters, ABC Darwin
Posted March 5, 2010 11:45:00


The Yothu Yindi Foundation's chief executive has resigned in a shroud of secrecy after 20 years at the organisation

In a statement forwarded to the ABC yesterday, Alan James announced his resignation from the foundation he helped build.

Mr James did not explain why he quit after so long at the helm but says the disclosure of reasons for his resignation is a matter for the board and he referred all queries to its members.

The foundation's board is yet to respond to the ABC's questions about the matter.

Two decades ago, Mr James worked with Yothu Yindi singer Mandawuy Yunupingu to support five Yolngu clan groups from east Arnhem Land to establish the Yothu Yindi Foundation.

The non-profit organisation provides education and employment opportunities in the area.

The foundation also runs the Garma Festival, the largest meeting of Indigenous groups from across the Northern Territory.


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 Post subject: Re: Yothu Yindi Foundation Manager quits
PostPosted: 05.03.2010, 14:52 
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And this seems to be the reason why:

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Fight over indigenous foundation
LINDSAY MURDOCH
March 6, 2010


A DISPUTE has erupted over control of the Yothu Yindi Foundation, a non-profit Aboriginal corporation that runs Garma, Australia's leading cultural exchange festival.

Aboriginal leader Galarrwuy Yunupingu narrowly defeated his brother Mandawuy Yunupingu in a bitterly contested vote for chairmanship of the foundation, which also runs projects in Arnhem Land to promote health and wellbeing among Yolngu people.

Galarrwuy Yunupingu, who has been unwell, has made no comment yet about his plans for the festival after his takeover of the foundation's board amid secrecy last month.

Mandawuy Yunupingu, the lead singer of the band Yothu Yindi, set up the foundation in 1990 with the leaders of five Arnhem Land clans.

Three other founding members - Yalmay Yunupingu, Dhanggal Gurruwiwi and Witiyana Marika - were voted off the board at the foundation's annual general meeting. Alan James, the foundation's chief executive officer, has resigned.

Mr James and Mandawuy were the driving forces behind the establishment of the foundation as well as Garma, which last year attracted 3000 participants, among them senior government ministers and many of Australia's indigenous leaders. ''The disclosure of the reasons for my resignation is a matter for the board and any inquiries should be directed to it,'' Mr James said in a statement.

Mr James said he had offered to remain with the foundation for six weeks to promote an orderly handover.

Galarrwuy and Mandawuy are among Australia's best known indigenous leaders.

Galarrwuy Yunupingu is a former Australian of the Year and former head of the Northern Land Council who fought for indigenous land rights.

Mandawuy Yunupingu was last night named one of three winners of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards.

''I am planning to continue to use my music to access young Aboriginal people and deliver health messages that hopefully will assist in improving the sad life expectancy statistics my people currently face,'' he said after accepting the award.

The Yothu Yindi board has appointed former federal Labor minister Gerry Hand to manage the changes.

Mr Hand told The Age yesterday the suggestion that the festival, which has been held each year on Aboriginal land in Arnhem Land, would not go ahead this year was untrue.

He said it was also untrue that other projects run by the foundation were under threat.

''The chairman [Galarrwuy Yunupingu] will make clear what he intends to do with the board in due course,'' he said.

Mr Hand was an Aboriginal affairs minister in the Hawke government before quitting politics in 1993.


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PostPosted: 05.03.2010, 18:11 
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Oh dear.


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