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Yipirinya School Sing For Santa!

Yipirinya got a surprise visit from Santa who brought presents for every student! As a special treat, the school choir sang a deadly song they’ve been working on this year, and they’re sounding great!

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages…



Charles Darwin University’s Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages project works to preserve endangered Aboriginal languages across the Northern Territory. Among the archives are Christmas stories written in traditional language which are illustrated by the children from the Aboriginal communities. Cathy Bow project manager of the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages had a chat with Kyle Dowling to discuss the project.

Words of wisdom from former N.T. Administrator Ted Egan.

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A former Northern Territory Administrator who spent a large part of his life living and working alongside Aboriginal people says it is important for their children to receive an education in their own first language.

Ted Egan who served as Administrator of the Northern Territory from 2003 to 2007 … learned to speak Tiwi while working in the Top End as a 19 year-old.

Mr Egan,  a veteran Aboriginal land rights supporter and currently completing a  PhD  says if there is a First Language which is spoken, written, researched and understood… then Aboriginal  children should be taught in this language.

A Christmas Message from Santa Teresa

The CAAMA team went down to Ltyentye Apurte and brought back a special Christmas message for all the communities. Have a look at this beautiful community and its residents!

Shopping safely online this Festive Season…

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Online Shopping can be convenient in just a click of a mouse you’ll have your package on its way straight to your door and with the Festive Season well and truly underway people are turning to online shopping. But Consumer Protection warns people this Christmas to be aware of the risks.

Dave Hillyard Director of Retail and Services at Consumer Protection  tells  Kyle Dowling  there are preventative measures to avoid becoming a victim of online shopping scams.


Alice Sees Snow as the Town Band Plays Frosty the Snowman

Alice Springs got a taste of snow at the Christmas Carnival last week as a snow machine started a blizzard on the Town Council lawns! It might have been conjured up by the Town Band playing Frosty the Snowman…

The First Peoples Disability Network

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The First Peoples Disability Network is a national organisation set up by people with a lived experience of disability. The organisation focuses on raising awareness through firsthand experience by communicating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living with some form of disability, to become a strong representative voice for them and their families.

Scott Avery the organisations Policy Director discussed the organisation receiving the improving rights and advocacy award and says it is a result of the hard work to everyone involved and he joined Kyle Dowling to discuss the organisations work over a chat.

Bush To Belly Yiyili Community School Students

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A Victorian based documentary maker is set to capture how remote Aboriginal students from the Yiyili Community school in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia have learned to developed Barista and food preparation skills. Nell Reidy on of the Documentary film makers talks to Damien Williams from CAAMA radio about the plans to showcase what the students have done so far.

Warren H Williams Sings About Spirituality This Christmas

While Christmas has many meanings, whether its a religious celebration or spending time with family, but for Warren H Williams, Christmas is about Aboriginal spirituality, Dreamtime stories and loving his land. Listen to this brand new, unreleased track performed at the AMSANT birthday celebration conference with local musicians Dave Crowe, Danielle Young, Katie Harder and Mark McCormack.

Blind Moses ……impressed like no other man !

URAIAKURAIA, MOSES TJALKABOTA, (‘BLIND MOSES’) Son of Tjeta of the ‘Tnurangatja’ (witchetty grub) totem, and Araniljilka, of the Western Aranda tribe, Moses was about eight years old when Lutheran missionaries founded Hermannsburg in 1877. One of the first school pupils, Moses enjoyed singing hymns and hearing Bible stories which led into learning the rudiments of reading and writing. Impressed by this new teaching, he passed on his knowledge to others until forbidden to do so because of conflict with traditional beliefs. He was withdrawn from school, but was later allowed to return to his lessons. With four others, he was baptised on 26 Dec 1890.

Humble yet fearless, tireless and faithful. When he disapproved of something, ‘he could be very definite and outspoken, even blunt’, but his sincerity deflected offence. He was widely respected, and ‘his kindly disposition won him friends among the white people as well as among his own Aranda’ (Albrecht, 1954). Moses married Sophie (Sofia) in 1903. They had ten children, but he outlived them all, many dying during the severe drought in the late 1920s. He was survived by Sophie and three grandchildren.

Alice Springs based botanist Peter Latz  shares his personal memories of a remarkable man.

(Text courtesy ROBIN RADFORD Evangelical History Association of Australia 2004)

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St Vinnies’ Sax Players Spread Christmas Spirit

Spotted: Two talented saxophone players at Todd Mall spreading Christmas cheer and raising money for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. Check out their groovy Christmas carols!