Anohni is to go on an eight-day trek in the Australian desert to protest against a uranium mine which is being built in the region.
Anohni spent 10 days living with the indigenous Martu tribe in the Western Austrlian region of Parnngurr in 2013. The singer will join over 100 tribespeople on her 110-mile walk, which begins on Friday (June 3).
The Australian government has given the go-ahead to the uranium mine, which is being built by Cameco and Mitsubishi less than 50 miles from the Martu community. On Instagram, Anohni said: “The mine is a threat to the wellbeing of the Martu. It is on their traditional lands, and it will be gouged out from Karlamilyi National Park.”
ANOHNI TO WALK 180 KM ACROSS WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DESERT WITH THE MARTU PEOPLE TO SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST URANIUM MINE “In 2 days time, I am joining my Martu friends Nola and Curtis Taylor, over 100 other people from Parnngurr and neighboring communities, and other supporters from around the country on an 8 day, 180 Km protest walk from their remote community to the site of Mitsubishi and Cameco’s proposed open cart uranium mine in the Western Australian Desert. The proposed Kintyre mine is on their traditional lands and a threat to their well-being, as well as being gouged out of Karlamilyi National Park. Curtis and I did a piece about it on National Indigenous Television network today.” – Anohni image of Martu artist Ngalangka Nola Curtis http://www.ccwa.org.au/kintyre #martupeople #martumob #uraniummine #indigenousrights #protest #corporatecorruption #karlamilyi #mitsubishi #camecocorporation #parnngurr
Since living with the Martu tribe, Anohni has donated gig proceeds to them and discussed their plight on TV. She told The Guardian in 2015: “The uranium mine plan is causing the Martu distress. It’s not just the potential danger to their water, there’s an existential responsibility they feel as stewards of that land, to protect its resources from being exploited.”
Formerly of Antony And The Johnsons, Anohni released her debut solo album ‘Hopelessness’ in May. She starts a European tour in Barcelona on June 17, before playing UK shows at London Barbican on July 8 and Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird on August 1.