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Goanna of the Week – arlewatyerre or aremaye?

Goanna of the Week – arlewatyerre or aremaye?

The generic gloss (non-Arandic & non-scientific) term for these brightly-coloured and drop-dead gorgeous (as food and on the eye) monitor lizards is Sand Goanna. Not very helpful when the landscape is dominated by rock and and lots ... biggest mobs in fact ... of red sand.

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

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

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.

WARU!! Fire in Australian Aboriginal art

WARU!! Fire in Australian Aboriginal art

The Gumatj clan language, Dhuwalandja, is itself the tongue of flame. This language, or tongue, like the flame, cuts through all artifice. It incinerates dishonesty leaving only the bones of the truth.

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

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.

The Ampilatwatja walk-off – Richard Downs on the new ‘dog-licenses’ and more

The Ampilatwatja walk-off – Richard Downs on the new ‘dog-licenses’ and more

To my mind this Income Quarantining is a bit like the old days when they used to put Aboriginal people under the “dog license", where they had to grovel to the government for permission to do all kinds of things. People need to stand up and say “No, this is not right for Australia. What kind of country are we living in?”

Notes from the Australasian Ornithological Conference 2009

Notes from the Australasian Ornithological Conference 2009

I long ago gave up going to conferences where I'm not presenting a paper and my presentation was in the first session of the first day...

Birds that tell people things – 4 posters of central Australian bird knowledge

Birds that tell people things – 4 posters of central Australian bird knowledge

This series of posters features birds that indicate ecological and social events in four Central Australian Aboriginal languages: Arrernte, Anmatyerr, Alyawarr and Kaytetye.