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Magabala Books

Magabala Books is a recognised producer of quality Indigenous Australian literature with many titles receiving accolades in prestigious national awards. Magabala Books is funded as a key organisation by the Department of Culture and the Arts (Government of Western Australia) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council.

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  • Arts:Literature

Description

Magabala Books became an independent Aboriginal Corporation in March 1990, with the objective of restoring, preserving and maintaining Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander cultures by:

Recording, promoting and publishing a body of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander cultures.
Assisting and encouraging people to pass on their history.
Making the wider community aware of the wealth of their tradition and culture.
Protection and education in matters of copyright.
Promoting acknowledgment of and respect for Indigenous culture through the use of published works and through electronic media.
Providing employment and training for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander people.
The Future

The Board recognises that it is crucial to grow the business of Magabala Books to increase commercial viability so that we can support the social and cultural objectives of the organisation. We have identified the tourism market as an area that has an unmet need for quality Indigenous product that can be supplied by Magabala Books using existing artistic collateral. This may include merchandising or product diversification using the books that Magabala produces as the basis for product development.

Developing partnerships and linkages with other Indigenous businesses and organisations, Magabala Books aims to establish a commercially viable venture designed to create economic and employment opportunities for Indigenous people, both in the Kimberley region and across Australia.

The objectives of the project are to:

Develop the business of Magabala Books Aboriginal Corporation to ensure commercial viability.
Increase sales of Indigenous products to the tourism market.
Develop new Indigenous products using existing and new artistic collateral.
Increase economic benefits for Indigenous people.
Increase markets for all Magabala products.
Skills development for Indigenous people.
Increased sustainability to support the social and cultural objectives of preservation, promotion and transmission of Indigenous culture.
Magabala's Indigenous Publishing Policy

Magabala Books publishes works which have major Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or South Sea Islander involvement. This requires an Indigenous author, editor or illustrator. From our home in Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, we provide publishing services and advice for Indigenous people throughout Australia. Magabala Books has a policy of using illustrations by Indigenous artists for its publications.

Magabala ... spreading the seeds of our culture

Magabala is the Nyul Nyul, Nyangumarta, Karrajari and Yawuru traditional language word for the bush banana found on the west Kimberley coast. When young it is green, moist and sweet, up to 8cm in length and best collected during or just after the wet season (January – March). Every part can be eaten — the skin, green seeds and pulp. Later the fruit hardens and dries, in preparation for the dispersal of its many seeds with their spectacular parasol-shaped aerofoils.

Like the bush banana, our organisation spreads the seeds of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander cultures, publishing and promoting Indigenous literature in Australia and throughout the world. 

Marrugeku Inc

Marrugeku pursues powerful new forms of cultural knowledge and the survival, preservation and growth of Indigenous story, dance and language through the making of new intercultural performance work.

  • Type:Local Focus
  • Other:Arts

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  • Arts:Performing Arts,Aboriginal,Dance

Description

Marrugeku is an unparalled presence in Australia today, dedicated to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians working together to develop new dance languages that are restless, transformative and unwavering.

Marrugeku is led by co-artistic directors: choreographer/dancer Dalisa Pigram and director/dramaturg Rachael Swain. Working together for 23 years, they co-conceive and facilitate Marrugeku’s productions and research laboratories, introducing audiences to the unique and potent structures of Indigenous knowledge systems and the compelling experience of intercultural performance. Marrugeku’s performers come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, collaborating to co-create each production. 

Martu Mili

Martumili Artists are based in the East Pilbara Arts centre in Newman, with artists working in the six other remote East Pilbara communities.

  • Type:Aboriginal

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  • Arts:Aboriginal,Visual Arts

Description

Martumili Artists was established by Martu people living in the communities of Parnpajinya (Newman), Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Irrungadji and Warralong, and it draws on strong influences of aboriginal art history. The artists and their families are the traditional custodians of vast stretches of the Great Sandy, Little Sandy and Gibson Deserts as well as the Karlamilyi (Rudall River) area.  Most Martu people maintain an entirely independent, nomadic desert lifestyle until the 1950s and 1960s when they walked into settlements in response to a long and severe drought.  Today, Martu people live in their own communities and regularly visit regional centres such as Newman and Port Hedland.

Martumili Artists are an activity of the Shire of East Pilbara, and gratefully acknowledge BHP Billiton as their Principal Partner.

Roebourne Art Group

The West Pilbara's preeminent indigenous art centre featuring contemporary Australian Aboriginal art.

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  • Arts:Visual Arts

Description

Located in Western Australia’s remote northwest 1500 kilometres north of Perth, Roebourne Art Group represents Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Guruma, Banjyima, Marthuthunira and Torres Strait Islander artists.

RAG is an Aboriginal community controlled and governed representative body and resource centre for artists throughout the region.

Hours are sometimes subject to change. Please call ahead to make sure that the gallery is open. 

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