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Garrett’s resale royalty Part 2 – Arts Industry says “Take a Cold Shower, Pete!”

Federal Arts Minister Peter Garrett’s proposed resale royalty for visual artworks has been labelled a “disaster for Australian artists” by the body that administers visual arts copyright and licenses. As The Northern Myth reported two weeks ago, many on the Aboriginal arts side of the visual arts industry considered his resale royalty proposal a dud. […]

The Northern Myth – Chapter 1

The Northern Myth – Chapter 1

"...a poor dried up land afflicted by fever and flies and fit only for a college of monks whose religious zeal might cope with the suffocating heat and musketos which admitted no moment of repose." Matthew Flinders describing northern Australia

Towards an (Australian) Indigenous Ornithology – Is Australia an ornithological terra nullius?

Australia is an ornithological terra nullius - an ‘empty land' - It is unforgivable that the most complete references to Australian Aboriginal ornithology are found in John Gould's Handbook to the Birds of Australia, 1865 - published 138 years ago.

Dogs of the Week – Camp Dogs on the Radio!!

Dogs of the Week – Camp Dogs on the Radio!!

I missed this excellent set of radio stories the first time around but Camp Dog Chronicles by Local ABC Alice Springs reporter Penelope Bergen is a wonderful expose on the secret life of the camp dog in central Australia. I heartily recommend it to anyone interested in getting a better understanding of the relationships between […]

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Birds of the week – two freed Wedge-tailed Eagles

Birds of the week – two freed Wedge-tailed Eagles

I first saw the Wedge-tails free-flying at the Alice Springs Desert Park years ago and have been aware of the often violent interactions between the two captive birds and a pair of wild local Wedge-tails. Now the captive birds have been released.

The Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) – a lesson in indigenous bird hunting and conservation

The Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) – a lesson in indigenous bird hunting and conservation

For too long, western scientists have either willfully ignored indigenous knowledge of Australia's birds or damned it as ‘unscientific'. How we access and record what people know of and how they use birds, and the value of indigenous bird knowledge are important tools for species and landscape management.

White trash – and proud of it!

There has been a lot of talk about white trash in the press over the past few days and most of it bad - but I'm proud to be called white trash - but white trash made good - maybe.

People doing really stupid things with animals…

People doing really stupid things with animals…

I don't have a problem with people who want to do stupid things - jump out of perfectly good planes with a bit of silk on their back, off a bridge with a bit of rope around your ankles, play cricket... But I don't like seeing animals in cages...I just can't see the point and my goat really gets got...

A Plague of Beautiful Dogs

A Plague of Beautiful Dogs

The traditional relationship between Aboriginal people and dingoes as companions and hunting aides has changed and many communities are have real problems with non-dingo dog health and numbers...but there are some that are really taking steps to do something about these problems...

Bird of the Week – the Magpie Lark Grallina cyanoleuca and love for the common birds

Bird of the Week – the Magpie Lark Grallina cyanoleuca and love for the common birds

Kala tiya-tiya ngulaji kalu-jana ngarrirni yapa yangka Jardiwanpaku wiri kujakarla nyinami yapa, ngularlangu tiya-tiyaji yapa wiri. Kula jurlpu-mipa yirdiji tiya-tiyaji, kala yangka yapa wiri jujuku-ngarduyu. And tiya-tiya is what those senior important people for ceremonies like the Jardiwanpa are called - important people are the tiya-tiya. That name tiya-tiya is not just for birds, but for senior people for ceremonies.