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Word of the Day: Nthwenharre (Kaytetye)

Word of the Day: Nthwenharre (Kaytetye)

Bob GosfordNov 11, 2017

Word of the Day: Awelhe (Kaytetye)

Word of the Day: Awelhe (Kaytetye)

Bob GosfordNov 11, 2017

He was a tough old bastard that Ronny Ball.

He was a tough old bastard that Ronny Ball.

Bob GosfordNov 8, 20171 Comment

Vale Ron Ball: He was the Wild Man from Wildboar, a crack shot buffalo hunter and meat producer; defined by his cut off Toyota, dusty old Akubra, trusted 308 rifle and busted arse swag.

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Word of the Day: Mantharre (Death Adder)

Word of the Day: Mantharre (Death Adder)

Bob GosfordNov 4, 20171 Comment

If the death adder bites you on the leg it holds on for good and you die, the snake as well.

Word of the week: aherlkelh-ilem:

Word of the week: aherlkelh-ilem: “make the sun come up” (Anmatyerr)

Bob GosfordNov 3, 20172 Comments

The nyarew cuckoo [Horsefield's Bronze-cuckoo] sings out from hollow trees, or maybe from a forked branch. The nyarew sings out all night, and makes the daylight come.

Punks, junkies, bikies and an iconic poster – From Uluru to Wollongong and back

Bob GosfordNov 1, 20171 Comment

Wollongong, and in no small way the junkies, punks, bikies—and barmaids—of that town, had made an unsung contribution to the success of the Uluru handback. They had proved to one Anangu man that Australians of good will can be found in the most unexpected places.

Call for Papers: ‘Indigenous land and sea management in Australia and beyond’ session at CHAGS 12

Bob GosfordNov 1, 2017

Themes for this session and discussion could include the importance of and development of cultural maintenance activities; issues related to sites and objects of sacred significance and knowledge; the protection, application and moderation of intercultural scientific knowledge; practical issues including funding and managing relationships between governments at local, state and federal levels; the benefits—or not—of working with NGOs and reflections on interactions between cultural practitioners from different local, regional and national areas.

A short tribute to Sir Ninian Stephen

A short tribute to Sir Ninian Stephen

Bob GosfordOct 31, 20171 Comment

When Sir Ninian Stephen found that lands around Uluru-Kata Tjuta [Ayers Rock] were to be returned to their traditional owners he put his hand up to be the official representative of the Crown in handing over the title deeds.

Word of the week: kahmudngalalahminj (Dalabon)

Bob GosfordOct 29, 2017

The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) is investigating language as a diverse, dynamic and evolving organism that interacts with our perceptual processes in ingenious ways.

Fire hawk stories feature at Barrapunta bird workshop

Fire hawk stories feature at Barrapunta bird workshop

Bob GosfordOct 29, 2017

The workshop allowed for clarification of the rather confusing overlap of three bird names,  karrkkanj, ngalmirlangmirlang and wunwunbu. Karrkkanj, it turns out, is a term for the Black Kite but can also be applied to two other raptor species, the Peregrine Falcon and the Brown Falcon.