Indigenous Podcast

Awaye! (Listen Up!) is where you'll find the latest news of Indigenous arts and culture. Music, storytelling, writing, drama, dance, visual arts, as well as commentary and discussion. Awaye! tackles topics concerning Aboriginal Australians but you'll also find Indigenous culture being discussed in many other programs and subject areas, such as education, history, health, environment, community and society and the arts.
  1. Racism is present: unpacking a social media storm
    In what she says was an uncorrected proof from her forthcoming memoir the world-renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic describes Aboriginal people as terrible-looking "dinosaurs" who are "strange and different". We unpack the social media storm with an activist, a curator and a performance artist who spent two weeks in a shed with Abramovic.
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  3. Canada's approach to sentencing Aboriginal offenders
    Despite a restorative justice approach to sentencing Aboriginal offenders in Canada, incarceration rates continue to rise. Why?
  4. The legacy of Wave Hill
    When the Gurindji walked off Wave Hill station their demands were simple: equal wages, not meagre rations. The fight escalated into the first Aboriginal land claim. Led by head stockman Vincent Lingiari, the strike buoyed the Aboriginal rights movement down south and spurred activism for a generation. A unionist, a historian and an artist reflect on the meaning of Wave Hill.
  5. Community farm feeds disadvantaged families and highland cows produce great beef
    A market garden in Burnie helps feed local families; hairy highland cattle win a beef award; we limber up with tractor yoga classes; and join the Deadly Runners group on Thursday Island.
  6. Indigenous DNA could help reunite stolen generations
    About 7,000 historic blood samples, taken from Indigenous Australians in the 1960s and 1970s, have sat untouched at the Australian National University since a moratorium in the 1990s.
  7. A Big Country August 20, 2016
    A market garden in Burnie helps feed local families; hairy highland cattle win a beef award; we limber up with tractor yoga classes; and join the Deadly Runners group on Thursday Island.
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  10. Tjaabi - an Indigenous haiku
    Named after an ancient indigenous song form, Tjaabi is a new production which offers a unique glimpse into the living Aboriginal culture of the Pilbara.
  11. Aboriginal health failures
    The Human Rights Commission will be asked to investigate a series of deaths and potentially fatal misdiagnoses of Aboriginal people within Australia's national healthcare system.
  12. Trouble in Central Australia
    The prevalence of alcohol fuelled violent crime in Alice Springs is a persistent problem for which there is no easy solution.
  13. Aboriginal culture: At the heart of abuse
    A young Indigenous thinker says Aboriginal culture is one that 'accepts violence' and a solution to the abuse of women must come from within
  14. Teaching maths through dance and story
    Indigenous kids are learning Maths through traditional stories and dance.
  15. From Broome to Rio
    Joshua Button grew up in Broome with a mild intellectual disability and with mentor and friend Robyn Wells a visual approach to literacy and numeracy grew into a collaboration that combines illustration and storytelling. Their second book follows Steve, a jazz-loving mountain gorilla set loose one heady night during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
  16. "They left me standing alone": Stephen Page on loss and empowerment
    Stephen Page has been cleansing since the death of his brother Bangarra's resident composer David Page earlier this year - a heartbreaking loss that struck at the heart of the company. Despite a shitty few months the workaholic, self-described 'black Romantic' is philosophical about the future.
  17. Hubris is the enemy of politicians
    Linda Burney is the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the House of Representatives - but why is it so momentous? Her election victory was certainly history-making. But then the former teacher, activist and bureaucrat has made history before.
  18. Boo! Aboriginal Scary Matter
    Boo! Be prepared to be spooked by Aboriginal ghost stories
  19. Serious Whitefella Stuff
    Success, failure and innovation in indigenous affairs policy.
  20. Pop-up cinema brings community together and blushing brides a flower favourite
    A pop-up cinema brings drought-stricken communities together; we visit the opal mining town of White Cliffs; catch the Hammond Island ferry in Torres Strait; and pick native flowers in South Australia.
  21. Close to You: the documentary photography of Lisa Bellear
    Lisa Bellear died suddenly from an unexplained heart condition ten years ago. She was many things: a poet, community radio broadcaster, social worker, activist, a survivor of the stolen generations and a dearly loved sister to her adopted family. Lisa was also a documentary photographer with a keen, critical eye and a sense of the profound and the ridiculous.
  22. Flagging social justice and equality
    In what’s thought to be a first, Indigenous health and social justice advocate Professor Tom Calma has been presented with an American flag by the outgoing US Ambassador. Not just any flag - this particular star-spangled banner had flown over the memorial to Martin Luther King in Washington.
  23. Justification, not recognition
    As we lurch towards a possible referendum on constitutional recognition, at least one political theorist is asking some deep philosophical questions about what that actually means. The deputy vice-chancellor of research at the University of Sydney, Professor Duncan Ivison says we need to ask how an amendment to the Constitution would establish 'just relations' between Indigenous peoples and the state.
  24. A Big Country July 16, 2016
    A pop-up cinema brings drought-stricken communities together; we visit the opal mining town of White Cliffs; catch the Hammond Island ferry in Torres Strait; and pick native flowers in South Australia.
  25. Australian identity and indigenous recognition
    Where to now for indigenous constitutional recognition.
  26. Hunt Them, Hang Them
    We learn about the trial and execution of two Aboriginal men in 19th century Melbourne.
  27. Remembering Ruby through her music
    As part of a special NAIDOC Week concert, Emma Donovan and Tom Martin from the band The Putbacks drop into the studio with an acoustic version of Ruby Hunter's Kutjeri Lady. It comes from Ruby's debut album Thoughts Within, which in 1994 was one of the first Indigenous female albums ever released. A full concert is broadcast on the weekend.
  28. New shoots: poems inspired by plants
    Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden turns 200 this year, and we explore new poetry written about the gardens.
  29. Can we teach culture?
    Can we teach culture? Yolngu Studies is a postgraduate course offered at Charles Darwin University to teach the aspects of culture, kinship and language. The course is a partnership between two educators - Brenda Muthamuluwuy from Galiwin'ku and Yasunori Hayashi from Tokyo.
  30. Keeping them safe: Djugun songlines
    A young filmmaker meets a Bardi elder in the Kimberley. Little did Cornel Ozies know but he'd met a law boss who held the key to unlocking the secret cultural knowledge of his own clan - the Djugun - said to have been 'virtually extinct'.
  31. Tracking in the dark: the sovereign will of Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson
    Aileen Moreton-Robinson has spent her intellectual life exploring racism and power. But it all begins in the bush on Stradbroke Island when her grandfather taught her the skill of tracking. The latest idea to grip her considerable mind is possessive logic and the way it superimposes itself on the land by denying the sovereign will of indigenous people.
  32. Linda Burney discusses the new Parliament
    Linda Burney on One Nation and new challenges facing Indigenous recognition.
  33. Climate change - An Aboriginal perspective
    Set in the future Cut The Sky is the latest production from Broome's Marrugeku Company which explores what happens when we neglect 'country'.
  34. Dolly Nampijinpa revealed
    A senior Warlpiri law woman, Dolly was a teacher, artist and reformer. She was smart, cheeky, strong-minded and grandmotherly.
  35. Stories for NAIDOC
    From Moree to Warlpiri country to the wilds of South West Tassie - three stories of celebration.
  36. Steve's diary
    A meditation on the bush, the past and one Aboriginal man's need for peace and space.
  37. The Elders Book Project:"Our Way Stories"
    Our Way Stories is a book celebrating the life stories told by Indigenous Elders from the NSW Northern Rivers
  38. Kuyang: the Lake Bolac Eel Festival
    This year’s Lake Bolac Eel Festival, in western Victoria, featured award-winning authors Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe, alongside a program packed with songs, dance and barbequed eels.
  39. Vanessa Russ: the first Aboriginal head of the Berndt Museum
    For the first time in its 40 year history, the Berndt Museum in WA will have an Aboriginal leader.
  40. European impressions of Aboriginal women
    In her new book, historian Liz Conor explores the erroneous accounts of Aboriginal women which resonate to this day.
  41. Turning the bush into a classroom
    The 'On Country Learning Program' allows students to spend a few days on the ancestral land of the Yorta Yorta people learning about their struggle for land justice and self determination and the area's rich cultural heritage.
  42. The Lisa Bellear Picture Show
    An exhibition of the poems and photographs of Lisa Bellear, an Aboriginal artist, academic, community activist, radio broadcaster and theatre producer, who died 10 years ago.
  43. Fanon's children: the idealistic rage of Dispossessed
    Music is a weapon - just ask Sydney post-colonial death metal three-piece Dispossessed, who fuse rage and idealism with a global perspective on race, power and colonialism. Lyrically their songs are driven by the post-colonial theory of Frantz Fanon while musically they code-switch between grindcore, post-punk, shoegaze and metal.
  44. Daft Punk meets Nina Simone in a deep forest: Electric Fields
    Electric soul doesn't really describe the extraordinary music of Electric Fields. A collaboration between vocalist Zaachariaha Fielding from Mimili in the APY Lands and producer Michael Ross who's based in Adelaide, they produce spine-tingling electronica sung in Pitjantjatjara and English.
  45. A family band: Rayella
    When Eleanor Dixon was growing up in the homeland community of Marlinja she drew inspiration from a line of strong women who passed on the family tradition of song from campfire to gospel choir. Today, Eleanor carries the family song line with her Dad, Raymond. Together, they perform as Rayella.  
  46. The Indigenous memory code
    Traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines hold the key to a powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world.
  47. Gurrumul: Yolngu voice
    How much do we really know about the blind indigenous musician, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu? We’ll reveal the Yolngu man behind the music with his biographer, Robert Hillman.
  48. Tasmanian shell artist Lola Greeno
    Lola Greeno is a Tasmanian artist who has revived the traditional Aboriginal practice of shell stringing.
  49. Where do you belong?
    RN's My Place digital storytelling project is all about the meaning we derive from place and belonging. Awaye! presenter Daniel Browning is from Fingal, a sand peninsula on the far north coast of New South Wales between the Tweed River and the Pacific Ocean - a place that is pounded by king tides and battered by erosion.
  50. Cultural revivalism: Vicki Couzens
    Vicki Couzens might be described as a cultural revivalist. Her multiform artistic practice is as much about reviving Gunditjmara and Kirrae Whurrung language and tradition as about making contemporary art.
  51. The Power to translate
    Individual teams in the AFL honour the Indigenous Round by designing specific guernseys for players. This year the Port Adelaide Football Club went one better to become the first team in the competition to translate their club song into an Aboriginal language - Pitjantjatjara.
  52. Bangarra's new work about kinship and family
    A new work exploring the Aboriginal kinship system by two choreographers who got to know each other – and discovered they were related – while dancing together at Bangarra Dance Theatre.
  53. Songlines on Screen
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  54. Songlines on Screen
    The long awaited Songlines Series made for NITV brings a wealth of indigenous heritage to the screen. Mark Moora of the Great Sandy Desert, Tanya Denning Orman of NITV, and other producers across Australia speak about the Songlines docos they worked on as part of this series.
  55. Bangarra's new work about kinship and family
    A new work exploring the Aboriginal kinship system by two choreographers who got to know each other – and discovered they were related – while dancing together at Bangarra Dance Theatre.
  56. Barunga Festival 2016: Celebrating Women
    This year the Barunga Festival celebrated it’s 31st instalment by observing the role women play in remote Indigenous communities.
  57. The public nature of sorry business
    For the multi-talented performer Ursula Yovich the death of her mother two years ago was more than a private matter. Her grief was tempered by cultural obligations as she tried to fulfil her mother's wishes to be buried on country. Now, she's decided to write a play about the experience of navigating cultural sorry business in a remote community.
  58. Friend, foe or syphilitic drunkard?
    There's no dispute: the colonial governor Lachlan Macquarie issued military orders which led to the massacre at Appin in south-western Sydney in 1816. Macquarie's contradictory relationship with Aboriginal people fascinates the Bangarra dancer and choreographer Jasmin Sheppard.
  59. Monica Tan's Indigenous odyssey
    What makes a woman throw in her job and go outback on a four month camping trip?
  60. Best of RN Drive: Indigenous colouring book uniting cultures
    It's claimed that adult colouring books have all sorts of calming and healing effects but now they can bridge cultural differences too.
  61. Sis we've got your back
    When Indigenous leader Roy 'Dootch' Kennedy was finally jailed for his sex crimes, the women who stood up for his victim were pilloried and harassed. Bronwyn Adcock investigates.
  62. The art of patience
    When a critic wrote that the tradition was dead Yvonne Koolmatrie was spurred on to do whatever she could to teach Ngarrindjeri weaving techniques. She went on represent Australia at the 1997 Venice Biennale. Her greatest inspiration: a piece of roadkill.
  63. Treading new paths in Indigenous playwriting
    Who owns the stories of Indigenous Australia? Are those stories authentic if they don't come from Indigenous authors and do they lose their integrity if they're written or adapted primarily for a non-Indigenous audience?
  64. Taking aim: rapper Nooky dreams big
    His lyrics are pointed and like Adam Goodes' imaginary spear he takes aim at racism. Nooky - also known as Corey Webster - won't be pigeonholed.
  65. Country Breakfast Features Sat 11
    From satellites giving information about soil quality to robotic fruit monitoring and water quality sensors for oysters - agricultural technology is being taken up at a rapid rate among Australia's farmers.
  66. Indigenous leaders release landmark election manifesto
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have released an election manifesto.
  67. Improving Indigenous development
    Improving Indigenous development requires making jobs available in communities.
  68. Rural Reporter
    This week fabulous fungi in the Tarkine wlderness; Fish Creek hosts a tea cosy festival; Nathan Griggs makes a monster whip for a world record attempt; and success for an indigenous working scheme in the Kimberley.
  69. The architect and the carpenter: Dylan River and Bruce Pascoe
    Bruce Pascoe is great storyteller with a deep love for the Australian bush. Now - he's a screenwriter with a world premiere short at the Sydney Film Festival. Black Chook, directed by the award-winning documentary filmmaker Dylan River with cinematography by Warwick Thornton, is drawn from a compelling scene in the novel Bloke.
  70. The rise of the Aboriginal superhero
    The protagonist of ABC TV’s Cleverman is not the first Aboriginal superhero. In the comic universe there’s the mythical Gateway who teleported the X-Men into hiding in the outback, the dreadlocked Manifold from Avengers who can bend reality and twist time, the Thor-like god Thunderer from Grant Morrison’s Multiversity and Batman’s deputy The Dark Ranger, a tattoo artist from Saint Kilda.
  71. Blood on the Dance Floor
    Blood is both a substance and a metaphor in a new dance theatre work by Jacob Boehme - the partly autobiographical Blood on the Dance Floor. It ranges over ground that’s deeply personal. It's also an ode to the forgotten generation who died at the height of the AIDS pandemic.
  72. Can Aboriginal Australians save the world?
    Aboriginal doctor and researcher Prof Alex Brown has some interesting ideas about how we can harness the wisdom of the longest continuous surviving culture in the world.
  73. Cleverman
    Set in the near future, and with an indigenous superhero at its centre, Cleverman layers ancient stories and characters with a dystopian, mainstream society.
  74. Serious whitefella stuff
    Mark Moran: When solutions became the problem in Indigenous affairs
  75. Who counts as Aboriginal today?
    The politics of indigenous identity have been hotly debated throughout Australia's colonial history.
  76. Maritime Museum, Monaco and marine rights
    As part of Reconciliation Week for 2016 the National Maritime Museum is helping to recognise that moment in 2008 when Aboriginal sea rights were formally recognised under a High Court Ruling, on top of a significant maritime art and cultural exhibition called Living Waters on display in Monaco.
  77. Coorong woman saves weaving from extinction
    If it hadn't been for Yvonne Koolmatrie, a Ngarrindjeri woman originally from South Australia's Coorong region the knowledge of how to use particular grasses in a particular way to weave a variety of intricate nets, baskets and mats could well have died out forever, so it's wonderful to hear her lifetime work being recognised with the country's most highly esteemed, peer-assessed Aboriginal art prize.
  78. Rural Reporter May 28, 2016
    This week baiting for foxes in the Burrup Peninsula; we fly in to Tibooburra for a flying doctor clinic; meet a cute whip-wielding toddler; and go behind the chutes for the poddy calf ride at Kununurra.
  79. It's about time: the return of Mungo Man
    The oldest humans found on the continent were not excavated - they came back through natural erosion to tell their story. Mungo Man - his hands folded reverently 42,000 years ago in complex burial rites at Lake Mungo in south-western New South Wales - revealed himself in 1974. Unlike hundreds of unidentified Aboriginal human remains we know precisely where Mungo Man came from. So why has it taken so long for this revered ancestor to be repatriated to his country?
  80. Young Indigenous champions
    Tired of being reliant on Government funds and mining revenue, young Indigenous leaders are creating income sources more aligned with their traditional values.
  81. The J Files celebrates Yothu Yindi's 'Treaty'
    Twenty-five years after it was first released, 'Treaty' remains one of the most groundbreaking, thought-provoking songs in Australian music history.
  82. Song Lines
    We celebrate National Reconciliation Week with the Yolngu singer-songwriter from Arnhem Land, Gawurra, whose singing style and debut album Ratja Yaliyali have been compared to Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.
  83. Aboriginal Songlines take over the Opera House
    On the anniversary of the historic 1967 referendum, a new work inspired by Aboriginal creation stories from across Australia will be projected onto the Sydney Opera House.
  84. Teachers evacuated from Aurukun again
    Teachers are being evacuated from the Far North Queensland Aboriginal community of Aurukun due to safety concerns for the second time in a month.
  85. Exploding the hunter-gatherer myth
    At the heart of Bruce Pascoe's Dark Emu - recently named Book of the Year in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards - is a bold assertion which explodes a foundational myth of white Australia: that Aboriginal people were nomadic hunter-gatherers. His evidence though is drawn from records that even the most conservative historian wouldn't argue with.
  86. Turning the dietary tide in remote Australia
    In remote indigenous communities it's known as 'newcomer' food and it's hard to ignore. But some remote communities ARE tackling the problem and having some wins, thanks to local champions leading the way, backed by strong government policies around nutrition and health.
  87. Arts cuts, Uber drivers unite and week one of the election campaign
    Dreyfus critiques Australia Council funding cuts ahead of leaders' debate. Uber drivers campaign for rights at work. Model Magnolia Maymuru to represent NT at Miss World Australia. The Wrap: the election campaign begins, offshore detention and the death penalty. My Feed: @grayconnolly. Steve Berkowitz on Jeff Buckley.
  88. Crabbing with Dad
    Children’s book author and illustrator Paul Seden spent much of his childhood and teenage years fishing and crabbing in the estuaries of the Top End, so the topic for his second book, Crabbing With Dad, seemed a natural choice.
  89. The pointy end of the spear of language revival
    Language revival is tricky business - particularly for Aboriginal languages once considered to be extinct. The question is, to make language revival bite, do we modernise our languages and devise words for everyday things like mobile phones?
  90. Darkly comic: Maurial Spearim's BlaaQ Catt
    A one-woman show written, produced and performed by Maurial Spearim, BlaaQ Catt has been described as a darkly comic journey into the lives of Aboriginal women across time.
  91. The role of culture in suicide prevention
    Can traditional healing and the practice of culture help reduce the appalling suicide rates in Aboriginal communities? Tjilirra is the broad Pintupi term for hunting tools like spears and boomerangs, the making of which was handed down from father to son. Now - as a men’s movement - it’s being applied in the cause of suicide prevention.
  92. Rise: Birdz
    Paying homage to his heritage and analysing the future for his young family in Rise, hip hop artist Birdz has never sounded so certain about his path through life.
  93. Meditating on decolonisation
    Can you decolonise yourself through meditation? A visual artist who practices meditation, Katie West has created a 'third space' for Melbourne's Next Wave festival of emerging arts where audiences can experience decolonisation - a process that is best described as the undoing of colonisation.
  94. Saturday 7 May 2016
    Invisible Spears: the poetry of Ellen van Neerven. Meditating on decolonisation. Rise: Birdz.
  95. Invisible Spears: the poetry of Ellen van Neerven
    For the award-winning writer Ellen van Neerven, poetry is soul food. In her debut collection Comfort Food, Ellen's poetry ranges effortlessly over love, desire and spiritual hunger. An uncompromisingly honest poem - about casual racism and intimate partner violence - has just won her the Nakata Brophy Prize.
  96. Budget 2016: the Indigenous perspective
    While people have been talking today about winners and losers from the federal budget, one very important group may have been overlooked.
  97. Introducing Emily Wurramara
    A rising talent, Emily Wurramara is - at 20 - a fairly experienced singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – she’s been at it since she was six. Around that time, her parents moved from the Top End to Brisbane - a decision that was crucial in the development of her songwriting.
  98. Lest we forget: honouring Indigenous war service
    As debate rages over the recognition of the frontier wars an unofficial ceremony was held in the shadow of the Australian War Memorial in honour of the Indigenous men and women who have served in the Australian military in armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations overseas.
  99. Bedroom soul and a morbid fear of frogs
    A comedy routine which combined memories, music and a morbid fear of frogs has won a 19-year-old music student the national finals of the Deadly Funny competition, held in Melbourne recently.
  100. Celestial Chamber
    Three modern day explorers head out on a bushwalk that ends with the discovery of Aboriginal rock art.