Connecting remote Indigenous youth to art through culture, and culture through art
The Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation’s vision is to alleviate poverty, ill-health and substance abuse, disadvantage, lack of education and employment opportunities, bullying and youth suicide in remote communities.
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Children’s Songs project
According to a Statement on Indigenous Australian Music and Dance endorsed in 2011 by the International Council for Traditional Music, approximately 98% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music traditions have already been lost.
This exciting project is an active step towards preserving traditional children’s songs, the goal being:
To collect, translate and record traditional Indigenous children’s songs.
Gurrumul’s Foundation was established in April 2013 with a clear purpose to engage and support young Indigenous Australians – particularly in remote communities – through long term programs and activities that build on their strengths and give them hope for the future.
Gurrumul was raised on Elcho Island, off the coast of North East Arnhem Land, as a member of the Gumatj clan. Born blind, his powerfully emotive yet fragile voice has affected the public unlike any other Australian artist. His songs covered themes of identity, spirit, connection with the land and its elements across multiple Yolngu languages as well as English.