I’ve been brainstorming ideas for ‘traditional’ Australian songs to translate (in language and political content) into Yolngu matha – in preparation for celebrations surrounding the 40th Anniversary of the Tent Embassy and to usurp the message of ‘Australia Day’. This is a workshop-in-progress version of our National Anthem. The lyrics as per this version are roughly:
We all of us know this land is not the White Person’s/That they stole it from Indigenous people a long while ago/And they continue to tell untrue stories about it/both Government and (the rest of us) White Fellas/But this here is a new time/Let’s all us White folk make things straight/Let’s listen and accept the voice of Indigenous People/ ~
The refrain and ending trails off because I’m trying to fit in ‘Let us return the Land and Recognise Indigenous Law‘ but it’s too long! I’ll have to think of something else. Mischief. Good for the soul.