Women's Groups 2013 - Yanay Yanma

Yanay Yanma

Purpose of the group

The group was set up for senior women in Geraldton as a social contact group. The name Yanay Yanma was chosen for its meaning ‘come and go’.

Yanay Yanma provided some therapy at weekly meetings with members making pictures, painted plant pots and plates and jewellery. Items were sold to raise money for the group. Although membership was mostly senior women, younger women were also welcome.

The group was later registered as an indigenous corporation but seems to have ceased due to a lack of funding support.

Time period

Yanay Yanma started as a meeting and art group for women in 1998 and appears to have ended about 2008.

Key achievements

Yanay Yanma has been involved with the Sunshine Festival and members also went to schools to promote art projects during NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee) celebrations.

Key people and positions in the group

Wila Gutharra, Dora Dann, Donna Ronan, Cecelia Moongoo and Elvie Dawn.

Sources

  • Yanay Yanma (13 September 2004) Geraldton women’s group for Aboriginal seniors has been meeting since 1998. Geraldton Guardian, p.8.
  • Pearn, Tim. 2008. Mid West Indigenous Arts Industry Strategy (MWIAIS). On behalf of the Mid West Development Commission. Perth: State Government.


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