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Last week I read with some surprise and no little sadness the obituary notice in the Sydney Morning Herald for Paddy Japaljarri Stewart.  He was known as “Cookie” from his days as a cook at the Papunya settlement, days that … Continue reading

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Beating Petrol

It’s rare that any publication about Indigenous matters generates as much buzz as Andrew Stojanovski’s Dog Ear Cafe: how the Mt Theo Program beat the curse of petrol sniffing (Hybrid Publishers, 2010) has in the scant weeks since its publication. … Continue reading

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A Brief History in Yuendumu

The new service from the National Library of Australia, Trove, is a marvel whose gifts I’m just beginning to explore. It offers a single search that will retrieves matches from over 93 million books, magazines, newspaper articles (dating back to 1803!), … Continue reading

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Warlpiri Media, Old and New

A few months back, David Nash sent me a copy of Warlukulangu Artists of Yuendumu, a thirty-minute video he’d obtained from the art centre. Made in 1991 by Warlukurlangu Artists in conjunction with Desert Pictures from Alice Springs, the film is a marvelous … Continue reading

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Batik Brilliance

There is a paradox in the story of Indigenous textile art, the most famous examples of which are undoubtedly the Utopia batiks. As the market for painting by Aboriginal artists took off in the 1990s, the Utopia batiks were rightly … Continue reading

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Yuendumu in India / Maningrida in America

A couple of announcements just in of new Aboriginal art shows outside of Australia. Warlukurlangu Artists will be opening in April in New Delhi, and the first all-Maningrida show to grace America’s shores arrives the same week in Washington, DC.

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Yuendumu Nights

In Yuendumu Everyday: contemporary life in remote Aboriginal Australia (Aboriginal Studies Press, 2008) author Yasmine Musharbash deploys modest investigative techniques to tackle a range of issues about life in Yuendumu. She explores deep-seated Warlpiri modes of thought and social beliefs, the confrontation … Continue reading

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A few weeks ago while reading Jill Stubington’s Singing the Land: the power of performance in Aboriginal life (Currency House, 2007), I set about exploring the catalog of Aboriginal Studies Press, which publishes many of the recordings and films that Stubington discusses … Continue reading

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Aboriginal Rules: Yuendumu Magpies

It wouldn’t be Christmas without presents, and this holiday brought some good ones. Among the first to arrive was one I gave myself, the new documentary from the Warlpiri Media Association: Aboriginal Rules: definitely more than a game, written and directed by … Continue reading

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Warlukurlangu Artists, Yuendumu, NT

Leaving Kintore behind, the Austrade-sponsored American art mob flew on to Yuendumu for our second major art centre of our fourth day traveling across the Central Desert. Visiting these two communities in a single day seemed fitting. Both had lately … Continue reading

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