Category Archives: Culture

Seven Sisters Dreaming

The story of the Seven Sisters who were pursued across the country by a man (wati) named Nyiru is one of the most widespread of Dreaming narratives in the desert regions of Australia.  It is also one that has instant … Continue reading

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Tiwi: Art, History, Culture

Among the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, with all the variety of language and culture they encompass, the Tiwi still stand apart.  Their language is an isolate, unrelated to those of the mainland.  Despite being among the first people to come … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Geography

I grew up near the ocean.  For the first eighteen years of my life a twenty-minute walk would bring me to docks and lapping waves, sand and seaweed and salt air.  I didn’t know how much a part of me … Continue reading

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Riches of the Canning Stock Route

The depth, the wealth, the variety of the material contained in Ngurra Kuju Walyja / One Country One People: stories from the Canning Stock Route (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) are such that I’m almost at a loss to begin describing it all.  A … Continue reading

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Video from the Canning Stock Route

I’m in the midst of reading the massive Ngurra Kuju Walyja — One Country One People — Stories from the Canning Stock Route (Macmillan, 2011), a companion volume to the exhibition catalog Yiwarra Kuju from the National Museum of Australia.  I … Continue reading

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The Djang’kawu Come to America

Last weekend we were back at Dartmouth College to hear Howard Morphy deliver the Montgomery Endowment Lecture as part of the fellowship that has him and his wife, Frances, in residence at the College this semester.  He chose as his … Continue reading

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The Centre in the Camera

A new book by Philip Jones always promises to be a treat, and although Images of the Interior: seven Central Australian photographers (Wakefield Press, 2011) was published a year ago, I’ve just recently had the pleasure of its acquaintance.  Jones … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Things Forgotten

Chris Healy’s Forgetting Aborigines (UNSW Press, 2008) is a bit of a strange book that often seems to be arguing that remembering is a way of forgetting, although forgetting can occasionally be a way of remembering.  I think.  It has … Continue reading

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Interior Monologues

I first encountered Nicolas Rothwell at Yirrkala in 2005.  Not in person; that didn’t happen until almost two years later, in Darwin, at Raft Artspace.  Rather, the encounter came while I was visiting the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre just days after … Continue reading

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Sorry Business

A couple of months ago I journeyed through the realms of childhood with Ute Eickelkamp’s delightful Growing Up in Central Australia (Berhahn Books, 2011).  Shortly afterwards, browsing nearby library stacks, I came across a book that took me to the opposite … Continue reading

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