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Getting the names right. Adventures with sand goanna nomenclature in central Australia

For Kaytetye speakers, the main difference between their ethnospecies is size and frequency: arlewatyerre is smaller and common while aremaye is big and less common – five of the former and one of the latter were obtained on this day.

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Strange Fruit. The Dingo trees of Western Queensland

The “War on the Dingo” approach to population ‘management’ is a punitive, uncoordinated, expensive and devastatingly ineffective folly. There are better ways of managing Dingoes in the landscape. We just haven’t worked out what they are and how to apply them yet.

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Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Applied ethno-biology at its best. This guest post from Peter Cooke examines the benefits that Aboriginal fire management regimes can have on fragile landscapes and vulnerable –literally — bird and mammal species.

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Vale Jangala Robertson

Jangala’s childhood memories consist of stories associated with the Coniston massacre of Aboriginal people and the shooting of families at Wantaparri, which is close to his birthplace at Jila. Jangala had virtually no contact with white fellas during his youth but remembers leaving Jila for Mt Theo ‘to hide’ from being shot. After his father died at Mt Theo, Jangala moved with his mother to Mt Doreen Station, and subsequently the new settlement of Yuendumu.

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Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo – Part 4 – the Bullriders

Bullriders are, for mine, the crazy-brave guys of the rodeo. Bullriding, according to this outline, is perhaps the most dangerous rodeo event: “It’s not if you get hurt, it’s when,” and nearly every bull rider can attest to the truth of that saying. … As with bareback riding, and saddle bronc, bull riders ride with [...]

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Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 2 – the junior gymkhana

The future stars of horse sports in the Gulf Country at the Borroloola Amateur Race Club (B.A.R.C) Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo meeting at Borroloola rodeo ground last weekend.

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Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 1 – “in the camp … “

Borroloola in the 1880′s: “This town and district are in a state of terror for want of police protection. All the outlaws from Queensland seem to flock here, knowing there is no law to limit them from committing crimes. Horses are stolen, forgeries are committed , all kinds of robberies, debts refused to be settled, all sorts of acts of violence, even a case of sodomy on a drunken man is reported … “

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Dingoes and Dogs in Indigenous culture

There are many dog dreaming sites located around the Australian continent and each has its own and often interconnected story of creation and movement of the dingo through the country. Stories are told covering areas over thousands of kilometres and across different language groups.

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(Some) birds of North Carolina …

Just a few of the birds (and a deer) that I’ve seen in North Carolina over the past few weeks.

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Of boats, birds and a wild ocean. Finding the world’s rarest seabird in the southern Atlantic

It isn’t every day that you get to see the world’s rarest bird while being battered, bruised and drenched by the south Atlantic Ocean – and paying for the fantastic privilege.

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