Anohni Will Hike 110 Miles Across Australia To Protest Uranium Mine

Anohni Will Hike 110 Miles Across Australia To Protest Uranium Mine

The singer and visual artist will join over 100 people from Australian indigenous communities to walk the Western Australian Desert

The singer and visual artist will join over 100 people from Australian indigenous communities to walk the Western Australian Desert

Text: Jillian Selzer

British-born singer and visual artist Anohni announced via Instagram this morning that she will participate in an 8-day, 110-mile hike across the Western Australian Desert alongside Australia's indigenous Martu population, as a protest against a proposed open cart uranium mine developed by Mitsubishi and Cameco.

According to Anohni's Instagram, "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." She posted her announcement alongside an image of the Martu artist, her friend, Ngalangka Nola Curtis.

The singer is no stranger to social commentary and political protest. Earlier this year, she boycotted the Oscars after she was not invited to perform her nominated song "Manta Ray," from the documentary Racing Extinction. She claimed more "commercially viable" artists like The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, and Sam Smith were favored instead. In 2013, she lived with the Martu people for 10 days and has been advocating for the indigenous population ever since.

After her stay, in 2014, Anohni spoke with The Guardian about the mine saying, "For the Martu in Parnngurr, the community nearest the proposed uranium mine, the plan is causing distress. Some of the women elders of Parnngurr seem not only to fear the potential danger that any uranium mine will obviously pose to the watershed and the local environment, but they also feel an existential burden of responsibility as the stewards of that land to protect dangerous resources from being exploited.”

Anohni is set to depart on her walk on June 3.

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Credits: Photo courtesy of Anohni

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