I find Nicolas Rothwell's bald assertion that the APY women are “ritually subservient to the men” - and therefore should bow to their will in such matters as the Ngintaka Tjukurpa – so powerfully denied by the Story itself.
The "mortal threat to traditional law and culture" to Aboriginal culture posed by the Ngintaka exhibition appears to have evaporated into the thin desert air.
Nicolas Rothwell shows extreme disrespect of Anangu governance by referring to the traditional owners of the Ngintaka songline who have led the project as ‘plausible-seeming desert leaders’. Who is he to judge their traditional knowledge or status?
Two years ago Kevin Rudd, in what appears to have now faded into a largely symbolic apology to Aboriginal Australia, told the nation that: …symbolism is important but, unless the great symbolism of reconciliation is accompanied by an even greater substance, it is little more than a clanging gong. It is not sentiment that makes […]
I’ll be travelling back up the wonderful Stuart Highway later this week en-route to home in the south-west NT and will drop in to the Iwantja Arts Centre at Indulkana in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (commonly known as the APY lands) lands of northern South Australia on the way. I don’t know a lot about […]