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sunday essay: my belly is angry, my throat is in love — how body parts express emotions in indigenous languages

Sunday essay: my belly is angry, my throat is in love — how body...

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  Picture: Nikki Short/AAP Many languages in the world allude to body parts to describe emotions and feelings, as in “broken-heart”, for instance. While some have just a few expressions like this, Australian Indigenous languages...
sunday essay: truth telling, return to uluru and reckoning with the sins of fathers

Sunday essay: truth telling, Return to Uluru and reckoning with the sins of fathers

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  Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP Return to Uluru is the latest book from respected historian Mark McKenna. It is one of a few history books published recently that explicitly engage with the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its demand for...
this 17,500-year-old kangaroo in the kimberley is australia’s oldest aboriginal rock painting

This 17,500-year-old kangaroo in the Kimberley is Australia’s oldest Aboriginal rock painting

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 Picture: Damien Finch, Author provided In Western Australia’s northeast Kimberley region, on Balanggarra Country, a two-metre-long painting of a kangaroo spans the sloping ceiling of a rock shelter above the Drysdale River. In a paper published yesterday in Nature...
sunday essay: it’s time for a new museum dedicated to the fighters of the frontier wars

Sunday essay: it’s time for a new museum dedicated to the fighters of the...

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     Group of Aboriginal people with shields and spears, by Joseph Lycett, circa 1820. National Library of Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains images of deceased people. Historical research of the...
buxton – useful arts by taloi havini

Buxton – Useful Arts by Taloi Havini

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Buxton Contemporary - Taloi Havini Useful Arts 2021 - 10 composite digital images© the artist Light Source Commission, Buxton Contemporary, The University of Melbourne, 2021 Buxton Contemporary is delighted to announce the launch of its...
how historically accurate is the film high ground? the violence it depicts is uncomfortably close to the truth

How historically accurate is the film High Ground? The violence it depicts is uncomfortably...

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   Jacob Junior Nayinggul (left) and Simon Baker in High Ground (2020). Maxo, Bunya Productions, Savage Films   The Australian film High Ground, set mostly at a mission in Arnhem Land in the 1930s, blends stories (and languages) from Indigenous...
four indigenous composers and a piano from colonial times — making passionate, layered, honest music together

Four Indigenous composers and a piano from colonial times — making passionate, layered, honest...

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 Nardi Simpson plays the square piano, similar to one that arrived on the First Fleet. Jamie Kidston, Author provided (No reuse) Despite having different cultural backgrounds and experiences — Indigenous composers with an Indigenous mentor, and...
magic, culture and stalactites: how aboriginal perspectives are transforming archaeological histories

Magic, culture and stalactites: how Aboriginal perspectives are transforming archaeological histories

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   The main chamber of Cloggs Cave. Monash University archaeologist Joe Crouch is standing in the 1970s excavation pit, digging a new area in the wall of the old excavation. Bruno David, Author provided New collaborative work...
sunday essay: how a long-lost list is helping us remap darug place names and culture on dyarubbin, the hawkesbury river

Sunday essay: how a long-lost list is helping us remap Darug place names and...

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Darug women Leanne Watson, Rhiannon Wright and Jasmine Seymour at Dorumbolooa. Avryl Whitney In 2017, I came across an extraordinary document in Sydney’s Mitchell Library: a handwritten list of 178 Aboriginal place names for...
ancient stories and enduring spirit: loving country reminds us of the wonders right under our noses

Ancient stories and enduring spirit: Loving Country reminds us of the wonders right under...

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Albany on the south coast of Western Australia, just under five hours’ drive from Perth. Photographer: © Vicky Shukuroglou taken from Loving Country Review: Loving Country by Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou (Hardie Grant Travel) Travelling...