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The Stories of Aurukun

The art of Aurukun has fascinated me ever since I brought home the catalog from the Dreamings exhibition more than twenty years ago and discovered, in the opening chapter by Peter Sutton, two pages of color plates reproducing hieratic-looking sculptures … Continue reading

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The Irreconcilable Politics of Suffering

Almost ten years have passed since Peter Sutton delivered the inaugural Berndt Foundation Biennial Address at the University of Western Australia. In that speech he lamented the breakdown of well-being in remote Aboriginal communities and decried the policies of self-determination … Continue reading

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Aurukun Days

When the daily headlines offer scraps of information about the parlous state of education in Aboriginal communities, about the threats posed by violence and poor health care, and about the persistent problems of housing, there is a greater need for … Continue reading

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More Readings from the Far North: Art and Adventure

Another month has gone by since my last post on various books that have absorbed me lately, and so I offer my adventures for May, or as friend Jonathan characterizes them, “Books Bought, Borrowed, Bestowed, or Read.”   Another month … Continue reading

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