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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.

Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

Midnight Oil – Alice Springs rolls out the red dirt carpet for a classic rock show

The Oils were in classic rock mode. No new songs, rarely testing the boundaries of tried and true winners, the audience wasn’t really challenged. Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey enjoyed the brilliant clarity of the sound and delivered most of the thrills.

Locum nullius: what’s in a name?

Locum nullius: what’s in a name?

This is a guest post by Chips Mackinolty, an artist and journalist based in Palermo and Darwin.  On 9 August 1974, eight years almost to the day after the famous Wave Hill Walk Off, a group of largely Mangarrayi speaking families walked off Elsey Station. Yes, the place of the colonialist pastoral fantasy of We […]

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.

An open letter to Bess Price MLA

An open letter to Bess Price MLA

An open letter to Member for Stuart in the Northern Territory Parliament Bess Price from self-described unionist, feminist and ranter Celeste Liddle in response to comments made by Bess Price in an adjournment speech earlier this month.

Turning 35 and the quandaries of reproductive “choice”

Turning 35 and the quandaries of reproductive “choice”

I remember sitting around when we were teenagers at high school, talking about sex as teenagers do. We had been told, for example, that whilst our male classmates were currently hitting their sexual peak, women hit theirs in their mid-30s. I'm fairly certain that a good portion of that knowledge is complete fallacy.

Ayepe-arenye – Moth Larvae of the week – Alice Springs, March 2010

Ayepe-arenye – Moth Larvae of the week – Alice Springs, March 2010

You get Ayepe-arenye caterpillars on the tar-vine. People before used to gather them while the caterpillars were eating the plant. They would put the ayepe-arenye on the ground and squeeze the guts out into a little hole, and then cook the caterpillars in hot soil. Then they would get them out and leave them in the sun for two or three days to dry. Then they'd share them around and eat them.

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.