Charmaine Papertalk-Green

Charmaine Papertalk-Green was born at Eradu (between Geraldton and Mullewa) on Amangu country and is a member of the Wajarri and Badimaya cultural groups from the Yamaji Nation of Western Australia. Green is a visual artist, poet and writer who recently moved into installation work. She began writing poetry in Mullewa in the late 1970’s – writing under the name Charmaine Papertalk-Green. Charmaine was instrumental in the incubation of the nationally and internationally touring exhibition Ilgarijiri – Things belonging to the Sky arts and cultural project a Yamaji Art collaboration with the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy Curtin University, Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project Australian Government and City of Greater Geraldton.

Tea Leaves Stains

Café sitting teacup drinking Tea leaves tell a story You know slavery Poured through generation eyes Swirling into existence With each teaspoon stir Stirring memories not forget Wadjbella’s took something Society slavery here Like domesticating a cat Or breaking in …

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न्हानानग्गु यागु | Nhananggu Yagu

Translated from the English to the Hindi by Subhash Jaireth न्हानानग्गु यागु: मेरी मां जो मेरी अपनी मां है, हमेशा कहा करती थी कि माथा उठा कर चलो मेरी साहसी छुटकी निअरलु, यानि की मैं न्हानानग्गु यागु: मेरी मां, जो …

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Don’t Want Me to Talk

You don’t want me to talk about Mining or its impact on Country You don’t want me to talk about The concept and construct of ‘whiteness’ Its dominance and power in society You don’t want me to talk about The …

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Blinding Loyalty

The Yamaji didn’t see it coming Having taken over from their fathers Working as farm hands Mullewa side The seasonal work welcomed Getting to drive the equipment Preparing the land for wheat Driving in circles and squares Late at night …

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A White Australia Mindset

When do you know it has become obsolete? When can we be certain it has become obsolete? Take the White Australian Policy abolished on paper yet The mindset was to keep Australia for the descendants Of the British and to …

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