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image by Susanne Martain, 31 Jul 2005
[The Anangu (traditional owners) flag] has two squares.
The right one has the colour of the manta (earth). On the right half is a
seven point star. The seven point white star is for wati nyirrunya.
The background is the ochre colour of the Northern Territory Flag.
The left square is South Australian Flag blue.
On the left is a black circle containing the Seven Sisters, called:
This is the
Patrick Byrt, 31 July 2005
The Anangu (traditional owners) Flag was first displayed to the
South Australian Government in the correspondence of a petition signed by
over 100 Anangu traditional owners to the South Australia Premier, the
Hon. Mike Rann MP, on Bastille Day 2005, July 14.
Patrick Byrt, 31 July 2005
According to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park site,
Aṉangu is the term that Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal people from the Western Desert region of Australia use to refer to themselves. In the past the word Aṉangu had a more (sic) specific usage, being used to refer to a person or people as opposed to other non-human forms of life. Over the years, since contact with Europeans, it has come into common use in the region as a term referring to Aboriginal people, as opposed to non-Aboriginal people, as well as Aboriginal people who come from other parts of Australia.The Western Desert region is the area around the meeting of the Western Australia/South Australia/Northern Territory borders, including the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands in South Australia (for AP council see this site). I presume it was people from this council who approached the South Australian government.
The Anangu are the traditional owners of what is generally known as the Pitjantjatjara lands but the language of the Anangu includes both the Pitjantjatjara and the Yankunytjatjara, and the Maralinga Tjarutja and the various Anangu peoples of the Northern Territory at Mututjulu, and the wider Anangu of Ngaanyatjarra and the Ngaatjatjarra.
It is the traditional owners upset with the way
that the South Australian & Federal governments have not
been listening to the local community voices
who have put forward the flag with the cultural
authority of the TOs at Fregon (Kaltjiti), Iwantja
(Indulkana), Ernabella (Pukatja), Turkey Bore,
Mimili, and the other associated homelands in
the main areas of the Yankunytjatjara (known
to non-Anangu as Pitjantjatjara) lands.
Patrick Byrt, 12 September 2005