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Yarrabah’s Artistic Revolution: a Powerful Statement on the Voice

Yarrabah’s Artistic Revolution: a Powerful Statement on the Voice

The Yarrabah community in Far North Queensland is using art and fashion to raise awareness and make a statement about the Voice referendum, inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Yarrabah community, located in Far North Queensland, has created a fashion collection inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart and subsequent Yarrabah Affirmation. The collection features hand-stitched pieces with powerful messages that aim to raise awareness of the community’s call for a Yes vote in the Voice referendum.

The Yarrabah Fashion Collection is entirely home-grown, with Yarrabah makeup, models, photographer, artists, and textiles. The community takes pride in showcasing their talent and contributions to the campaign.

The models involved in the project, including Shayanne Pollard, Jahara Richards, and Shakeita Ambrym, are making a bold statement through their participation. Model and ecologist Ashlyn Skeene initially had doubts about the Voice referendum but changed her mind after realizing the importance of honoring the struggle of the older generation and giving them a voice.

Yarrabah, Queensland’s largest Indigenous community, has a complex history due to its time as an Anglican mission. Indigenous people were forcibly removed to or from Yarrabah during this period. The impact of historical rules and regulations, such as prohibiting the use of Indigenous languages, can still be felt in the community. A Yes vote in the Voice referendum would acknowledge the struggles of the older generation and give them a voice.

Yarrabah Mayor Ross Andrews believes that an Indigenous Voice to Parliament can complement local government and amplify the voices of Indigenous communities. He emphasizes the need for governments to listen to these voices.

The Yarrabah community hopes that a Yes vote in the Voice referendum will lead to meaningful change in areas such as crime, unemployment, and housing. They see it as a step forward for Aboriginal people, combining traditional ways with Western influences.

In conclusion, the Yarrabah community is using art and fashion to raise awareness and advocate for a Yes vote in the Voice referendum. The Yarrabah Fashion Collection, inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart, carries a powerful message that goes beyond fashion trends. By showcasing their talent and making a bold statement, the community hopes to bring attention to their call for a voice and meaningful change.

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