Message from Michael Connolly, Dreamtime Kullilla-Art
“I have been recently contacted by a representative of 2 of the traditional owners of the Ampilatwatja Community which is situated 320klms NE of Alice Springs [ie Frank Holmes and Donald Thompson]. These men have handmade 5 killer boomerangs – proper traditional mulga hunting boomerangs and I have been asked if I could sell them on their behalf. They are asking $300.00 each or $250.00 each if wanting to purchase the whole 5. They want to raise awareness about the Ampilatwatja walk-off and to appeal for funds to make sure the new camp remains self-sufficient.
In July 2009, a group of 30 indigenous elders and leaders from Ampilatwatja, in Australia’s Northern Territory, walked away from their community to escape the Northern Territory Intervention and regain control over their own lives. 9 months later, the Ampilatwatja Walkoff continues.
“On July 14 2009 we, Elders from the Ampilatwatja community, walked out of our houses and set up camp in the bush. We are fed up with the federal government’s Northern Territory Intervention, controls and measures, visions and goals forced onto us from outside. We felt we were outcasts and isolated from all decision making – there has been no meaningful consultation We therefore have no intention of going back there. We intend to stay here until our demands are met” Richard Downs Spokesperson for Alyawarr people
For updates and to learn more about the walk-off, visit http://interventionwalkoff.wordpress.com/ or
contact Richard Downs firstname.lastname@example.org 0428 611 169
If you are genuinely interested in purchasing these beautifully handmade boomerangs please contact
Leo Abbott – 0458 395 688 or (Camp) 08 8956 7046
Thanks – Michael Connolly [Munda-gutta Kulliwari]
Michael & Jo Connolly
Traditional Indigenous Australian Art & Craft & Native Bush Tucker Products
PO Box 137, Redcliffe Qld 4020
Tel: 07 38801320 – Fax: 07 3880 0479