What do you think about Yothu Yindi’s call for “Treaty”? Is this a way forward for us all in this country?
I personally believe that Yothu Yindi’s 1991 song Treaty is a strong political statement in a time where the case Mabo VS Queensland was in play. The time of release was important for both Indigenous and white Australians as the Australian government was being challenged by the issues of Land Rights and Aboriginal identity. I believe that the song isn’t a call for a treaty between both cultures but also propaganda for politics. This is because the music video includes Bob Hawke, the current Prime Minister in 1991. This would have attracted many of those who had supported him. The song mainly reflection the visit of Bob Hawke in 1988, when he went to the Northern Territory for the Barunga festival (Yindi’s homeland). This similar other Australian bands such as Midnight Oil and Goanna protesting for the rights of the Indigenous Australians.
By having English and Yindi’s native language, it expresses the idea of a multicultural Australia. As well as it symbolic of the two cultures not being seen as one Australian “identity” but showing that there is a still a gap between both cultures. I believe through music; it is a way for political issues to become apparent to younger generations that wouldn’t know about the issue and allows younger generations to gain an understanding of the issue and develop their own ideas. Through younger generations interpreting issues differently to previous mediums, I believe it will change traditional views and can allow the gap between cultures to become smaller and eventually close.
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