What did Vincent Lingiari say to Gough Whitlam?
At the ceremony, Whitlam poured a handful of soil slowly into Lingiari’s hands and said, ‘I put into your hands this piece of the earth itself as a sign that we restore them [lands] to you and your children forever’.
What does Koori mean in Aboriginal?
Koori (or Koorie) Koori is a term denoting an Aboriginal person of southern New South Wales or Victoria.
What was the significance of Gough Whitlam pouring sand into the hand of Vincent Lingiari?
Vincent Lingiari, Gurindji elder and traditional owner, stands solemnly as Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours a handful of Daguragu soil into his open palm. This act, and its composition as suggested by Bishop, has come to symbolise the Australian Government’s recognition of Aboriginal land rights.
How much land did the gurindji people get?
Gurindji land is ceded The colonial government grants almost 3,000 square kilometres of Gurindji country to explorer and pastoralist Nathaniel Buchanan.
Why did Vincent Lingiari want his land back?
Initially, the British pastoralists believed the workers would return when offered improved wages and conditions. But Lingiari had another vision for his people and wanted nothing more than the rightful return of their lands.
Why did the Aboriginal stockmen go on strike?
Stockmen protest for equal wages An attempt to introduce equal wages in 1965 failed because pastoralists argued that equal wages would ruin the industry if paid immediately. In 1966 Aboriginal people first protested for equal wages at Union Camp at Newcastle Waters Station, about 270km north of Tennant Creek.
What does the black top half represent on the Aboriginal flag?
symbolise Aboriginal people
The top half of the Australian Aboriginal flag is black to symbolise Aboriginal people. The red in the lower half represents the earth and the colour of ochre, which has ceremonial significance. The circle of yellow in the centre of the flag represents the sun.