(b. c1949), is a Yankunytjatjara
man, an Indigenous
person of northern South Australia
In the 1950s, while still a young boy, he was blinded by a "black mist" from the south.
After the mist passed, his family's camp experienced sudden deaths, outbreaks of skin rashes, vomiting
and temporary and permanent blindness
. It is generally accepted that this black mist was fallout
from British nuclear tests at Maralinga
and Emu Junction which were taking place at that time.
As a young man, he joined the Aboriginal Advancement League
, however, he wanted to take more direct action, in the manner of Charles Perkins
, probably the most prominent Indigenous activist
at that time.
He began work for the United Mission, in Alice Springs
, as a welfare worker and interpreter
for the courts. He later became involved in the Institute of Aboriginal Development
which was concerned with Aboriginal education and language
. Yami took a great interest in cross-cultural issues and programs.
After a position administering business affairs for the , Yami worked with the Pitjantjatjara
Land Council on Aboriginal lands rights
issues with the South Australian Government
. He worked as an organiser and interpreter assisting the handover of freehold title
to the Anangu
people in 1981, which came about as a result of the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act
His most significant contribution to the rights of Aboriginal people was helping gain recognition for the atomic... Read More