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The destruction of a mighty fiddlebark in Victoria sparks a common conundrum for Aboriginal Australians - ABC News. It's not often the felling of a tree makes international headlines, but the destruction of a mighty fiddlebark in Western Victoria this week did exactly that — and there's a lot to learn from how it's all played out.

The destruction of a mighty fiddlebark in Victoria sparks a common conundrum for Aboriginal Australians - ABC News

On the face of it, it is a monumental loss. A majestic tree, which some claim was a culturally significant "directions" tree, was cut down to make way for the Western Highway upgrade. Some of the local Djab Wurrung people described it as "a chainsaw cutting through my heart," and the criticism of the Victorian Government came thick and fast. The Future Australian National Anthem. Aboriginal astronomy the star of Dreamtime stories. Updated 5 Apr 2017, 1:32amWed 5 Apr 2017, 1:32am For the next couple of months, get away from the city lights, look up to the stars, and you might just be able to spot an emu in the sky.

Aboriginal astronomy the star of Dreamtime stories

According to Aboriginal legend, emus were creator spirits that used to fly and look over the land. To spot the emu, look south to the Southern Cross; the dark cloud between the stars is the head, while the neck, body and legs are formed from dust lanes stretching across the Milky Way. Deep listening (dadirri) Deep listening explained Aboriginal people passed on stories orally as they knew no writing.

Deep listening (dadirri)

Listening to the story teller was vital to reproduce the story accurately to the next generation of story-tellers. Deep listening describes the processes of deep and respectful listening to build community—a way of encouraging people to explore and learn from the ancient heritage of Aboriginal culture, knowledge and understanding . A beautiful expression from Central Australia is "Can they bend the knees? " Leaked tape reveals Rio Tinto does not regret destroying 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelter to expand mine. Rio Tinto has repeated its apology to traditional owners for the destruction of a rock shelter that had been occupied for more than 46,000 years, after its iron ore chief executive, Chris Salisbury, reportedly told a staff meeting that the apology was for any distress caused, not an admission the company had done wrong.

Leaked tape reveals Rio Tinto does not regret destroying 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelter to expand mine

According to the Australian Financial Review, which says it heard a recording of a Rio Tinto staff meeting held last Wednesday, Salisbury described the events leading up to the detonation of the site, then said: “That’s why we haven’t apologised for the event itself, per se, but apologised for the distress the event caused.” He also reassured staff the company maintained the backing of “political leaders of both sides” (despite the federal Labor party forming a Senate inquiry), saying he had “engaged with lots and lots of stakeholders and … quietly, there is still support for us out there”.

As 'racist statues' topple around the world, Australia is being urged to address its own monuments. As statues around the world are being toppled amid anti-racism protests, Australia is being urged to once again look at its own colonial-era monuments.

As 'racist statues' topple around the world, Australia is being urged to address its own monuments

Over the weekend, a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston was thrown into a harbour in the UK city of Bristol, with statues deemed racist also being damaged around the US and Europe. "It's great to see - very inspiring," CEO of Sydney's Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council Nathan Moran told SBS News. Protesters throw a statue of slave trader Edward Colston into Bristol harbour, during a Black Lives Matter protest rally.

Mr Moran, a Goori man, said it was time for Australia to remove statues of individuals who have harmed Indigenous people and their culture. Paul Keating's Redfern speech. The Redfern Speech—A moment in history Few of those who were present were aware that they were witnessing history: A politician admitting that "we committed the murders", "we took the lands", "we brought the diseases" and "we took the children".

Paul Keating's Redfern speech

Prime Minister Paul Keating delivered the speech in Redfern Park on 10 December 1992, launching Australia's program for the International Year of the World's Indigenous People. The National Archives of Australia record the title of this speech as Opportunity and care, dignity and hope, 1993. Paul Keating Redfern Speech - 26th Anniversary Nov. 2018, Redfren Park. Australia has a history of Aboriginal slavery. Was there ever Aboriginal slavery in Australia?

Australia has a history of Aboriginal slavery

Slavery is never a convenient topic. We easily associate countries like Africa and America with slavery, but Australia? What is slavery? If you read it up in the dictionaries, slavery is “the condition in which one person is owned as property by another” and the owner has "absolute power” over their "life, liberty, and fortune”. Such people are usually forced into work "in harsh conditions for low pay”. 'Australia's slave trade': The growing drive to uncover secret history of Australian South Sea Islanders. Updated 22 Dec 2017, 1:53amFri 22 Dec 2017, 1:53am Calls are growing for better recognition of Australian South Sea Islanders, many of whose ancestors were forcibly removed from their Pacific Island homes in a practice known as "blackbirding" to work in appalling conditions on cane fields and cotton farms.

'Australia's slave trade': The growing drive to uncover secret history of Australian South Sea Islanders

They cleared the land with their hands and machetes, cut cane, and were paid a pittance for their labour. Blackbirds: Australia’s hidden slave trade history: The racism that brought Australian South Sea Islanders here, and the racism that tried to send them back. “We had a slave trade.” Emelda Davis speaks these words quietly, as if in deference to their gravity. She has come to the crux of an argument she has laid out hundreds of times before to politicians, journalists and executives. Though she is repeating herself, in the way of professional advocates who spend their lives drawing attention to a cause, Davis will never speak of hers as a matter of rote. Blackbirding: Australia's slave trade? - Australian National Maritime Museum. In 1847 Benjamin Boyd, an early colonial businessman better known for his whaling ventures, shipped 65 men from New Caledonia and Vanuatu to Eden on the south coast of New South Wales.

Blackbirding: Australia's slave trade? - Australian National Maritime Museum

Boyd’s experiment in finding cheap indentured labour among the Pacific Islands was a failure, but he had foreshadowed a labour practice that was in many instances to hold all the hallmarks of slavery. In the 1860s, the demand for labor in Queensland, particularly in the burgeoning sugar cane industry, saw trading ships turn into labour ‘recruitment’ vessels across the Pacific. While some workers were indentured, brought to work in Queensland and returned to their homelands, many were not. Indigenous Weather Knowledge. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have developed an intricate understanding of the environment over many thousands of years.

Indigenous Weather Knowledge

Artist: Laurie Nilsen The artwork used in the design of this website represents the relationships between seasonal, meteorological and astronomical changes - and how the Mandandanji people read these changes to inform life on country. DKCRC Report 41 Ngurra kurlu. Pulya-ranyi: Winds of Change. Winds of Change Cultural Studies Review volume 21 number 1 March 2015 pp. 121–31 © Wanta Steve Jampijinpa Patrick 2015 Cultural Studies Review 2015. © 2015 Wanta Steve Jampijinpa Patrick. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) License ( allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.

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Ngurra Kurlu (the home within) – Kurdiji 1.0. “I want to tell you about Yama. This is the Warlpiri word for a shadow, or reflection. It’s also a word that we use to describe a meeting or a meeting-place; we gather under a tree that casts a shadow (a reflection of its shape) onto the ground, and we talk in a group – both men and women together, equally – to make decisions and to reflect on ourselves and our lives.

But it’s deeper, too. In yapa (Aboriginal) culture, if someone says “you don’t have a shadow”, it means you don’t exist. Can we change Fraser Island's name back to K'Gari? We're in the midst of a sensational debate about colonial history in Australia, not dissimilar to the spike in ‘nationalism’ in America. Conservative (mainly, white) Australians are railing against any changes which would force them to confront the truthful past of this country and this includes believing the convenient narratives weaved by the colonial power players. There are far too many examples of this in over the last 230 years.

From what continues to be called the ‘discovery’ of Australia to the using terms like ‘indentured labour’ rather than the more accurate one, slavery. Australia has a serious problem with facing real events, particularly when it paints the impact of colonisation as anything other than harmless settlement. "Australia has a serious problem with facing real events, particularly when it paints the impact of colonisation as anything other than harmless settlement. " Exclusive extract from Stan Grant's new book, Talking to My Country. Black American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has said of the American dream that it exists in ice-cream socials and Fourth of July cookouts. Stan Grant: I can tell you how Adam Goodes feels. Every Indigenous person has felt it. I have wondered for days if I should say anything about Adam Goodes.

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