Featured in the Australian literary journal Meanjin
, Restless Indigenous Remains
is a Paul Daley essay on how the Australian government's National Museum handles the remains of Indigenous people accumulated during Australia's colonial period. An engaging, thoughtful and sobering piece, it covers the history of 'remains collection' in Australia, as well as the current debate concerning whether the Indigenous defenders against colonial expansion should be recognized by the Australian War Memorial.
(also known as a corroboree
) helps indigenous Australians to interact with the Dreamtime
through dance, music and costume. Many ceremonies act out events from the Dreamtime
. Many of the ceremonies are sacred and people from outside a community are not permitted to participate or watch. However, there are many ceremonies we've been allowed to witness
(here's one of my favourites
). And there's plenty of related pictures
available at the National Museum's website. Naturally, any indigenous Australians reading should note that these links may include images or names of people who may now be deceased.
"Troy is only 8, but he knows the words to Yanguna, an Arnhem Land song celebrating kava. He sings in tune with Saltwater Band's anthem to the drug as the car bumps along the dirt track. Kava
came to Arnhem Land 20 years ago as a ray of hope. Aboriginal community leaders believed the calming drink from the Pacific could be a peaceful alternative to alcohol, then raging through Aboriginal communities like a cyclone. But kava became just another abused substance.
's map of aboriginal tribes. For some context, AusAnthrop
's " Tribal and language database
" can be quite useful. (via Savage Minds
The Flight of Ducks.
An 'online documentary'
about a 1933 expedition to Central Australia (containing culturally sensitive material
What are songlines?
'Songlines, or Yiri in the Walpiri language, are tracks across the landscape created by Mythical Aboriginal ancestors when they rose out of the dark Earth and travelled, creating mountains, valleys, waterholes - all the physical features of the land ... '
New York Songlines.
Walking tours of Manhattan streets.
The history and culture of a Queensland rainforest tribe.
"Theirs was a culture with no chiefs or kings. If the senior men and women of each clan had implied status, it was because of their wisdom and the highest attributes a (Ngadjonji) could possess was a keen memory
and great skill in hunting, gathering and bushcraft ... "
Of related interest :- the Aboriginal Memorial
, in Canberra, created by 43 artists of the Ramingining community in Arnhem Land.
However you spell it, it sounds like good news.
After five years of lobbying by the Aborigines, Australia set aside a huge chunk of the central Outback yesterday as the country’s largest national park. At 38,000 sq mi (98,000 sq km), Ngaanyatjarra is twice the size of Switzerland. This comes on the heels of the Canadian government's plans
for ten new national parks and five new marine conservation areas over the next five years, a move greeted with skepticism
by some. (And then there are those that say national parks are obsolete anyway)
. Has anyone been to any of these places?
Um, Bob, where did all the cows go ?
So much for the theory of how Native Americans and Aborigines have lived in harmony with the land since time began.... Turns out they were just gluttonous killing machines who gorged themselves on steak till all the beasties disappeared (or something like that)