Topic archives: central Australia

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

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

November 3, 2017 2

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.

Domestic Cat Monitoring in Alice Springs

Domestic Cat Monitoring in Alice Springs

August 29, 2017

The domestic cats involved in this study roamed to neighbouring properties, road verges, adjacent bushland and some cats were observed to impact the local wildlife through predation. The results of the study show that even the domestic cats that do not leave their property boundary often, still have the capacity to negatively impact native wildlife. This suggests that the management of the domestic cats could do with improvement.

The right to drink? Wrong

The right to drink? Wrong

September 13, 2016 1

We’ve just had another change of government in the Northern Territory, and they’ve promised to bring the BDR back in, thank goodness. We now have a golden opportunity to make it stronger, smarter and more effective.

Vincent Lingiari Art Awards – David Frank is the CLC Delegate’s Choice

Vincent Lingiari Art Awards – David Frank is the CLC Delegate’s Choice

August 16, 2016

Mr Frank’s painting captured the hearts and minds of our elected members,” said Central Land Council chair Francis Kelly.

What was the first name for grasswrens?

What was the first name for grasswrens?

August 15, 2016

In Pitjantjatjara country we know that the local name for Rhipidura leucophrys is tjintir-tjintirpa. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the scientific name, if you’re musically inclined and have an ear for Australian bird songs, you might recognise tjintir-tjintirpa as an onomatopoeic rendition of the ratcheting call of the Willie Wagtail.

“Because kartiya never give us fair go, that’s why we bin walk off from Wave Hill Station.”

“Because kartiya never give us fair go, that’s why we bin walk off from Wave Hill Station.”

August 12, 2016

‘No, we had enough with all you mob now, we bin working real hard with all you mob, but never get pay. We only bin work for tea, flour and sugar, and sick of tobacco, that’s all.’: Vincent Lingiari

Vale Helen Ester. 3 December 1944 to 31 October 2015

Vale Helen Ester. 3 December 1944 to 31 October 2015

November 10, 2015

Helen Ester led by example, her belief in social justice and equal rights for all people never wavering while she kept kicking against the pricks to the very end. Her affiliations were with those consigned to the margins: working-class men and women, immigrants and refugees, and especially Indigenous peoples, who she considered her greatest educators and mentors. We champion you now, Vale Helen.

Is the wealth of the North a myth?

Is the wealth of the North a myth?

August 1, 2015 3

Xavier Herbert on the North: “The blunny place is always either a desert or a lake,” wrote the Australian author in his novel Capricornia. “Rabbits’ve got more sense than them blowbags that write in the Southern papers.”

Rayella – angels whisper in my ear and send shivers up my spine

Rayella – angels whisper in my ear and send shivers up my spine

March 1, 2015

Ear-worm of the week: The song that has been on high rotation in my head for the past two weeks is the first track on Rayella's eponymous debut album, "Wrong Kind of Man", a love-gone-so-wrong-but-feels-oh-so-right kind of tale.

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

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

November 5, 2014

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.

Marion Scrymgour: The NT Intervention disinformation campaign – from allegations of child sexual abuse to moral panic

Marion Scrymgour: The NT Intervention disinformation campaign – from allegations of child sexual abuse to moral panic

October 9, 2014

Child sex abuse is only one aspect of child protection. General child neglect and associated social dysfunction was the underlying problem which could have, and should have been focussed on by Mr Howard and Mr Brough. By using paedophilia as the emotive hook for their PR campaign, they indiscriminately and irresponsibly labelled the male population in remote Territory communities as predators of the worst kind. That was the second, again almost immediate, negative impact of the Intervention declaration.

Marion Scrymgour. From Elliott, Robinson River, the Tiwi Islands and beyond: “Recognise” that blackfellas have survived.

Marion Scrymgour. From Elliott, Robinson River, the Tiwi Islands and beyond: “Recognise” that blackfellas have survived.

October 9, 2014

Despite poverty and marginalisation, there was a spirit of defiance and pride amongst the Elliott mob. The slogan from the previous year’s anti-bicentennial – ‘we have survived’ – had continuing resonance. There was respect for the endurance and fortitude of the many former stockmen who lived in the town. Through their skill and discipline they had earned a limited degree of autonomy, despite working for white bosses, and they had managed to maintain culture and ceremony under difficult conditions.

The view from Cow Pat Hill: The ‘demon duck of doom’, giant crocodiles and more in central Australia

The view from Cow Pat Hill: The ‘demon duck of doom’, giant crocodiles and more in central Australia

October 26, 2013

"As the place began to dry out, the one source of water that was remaining was the really big waterhole Alcoota and the animals were trapped here. There are at least three thousand animals buried there."

Death, violence and politics in the Northern Territory festive season

Death, violence and politics in the Northern Territory festive season

January 6, 2013

Someone in Acting CM Lambley’s position should be well aware that it is erroneous and possibly prejudicial to cry ‘murder’ when there has been no such conviction by a court. Murder is a very specific offence, and it does the NT Government no credit to have Ms Lambley respond in hysterical ignorance.

Dump of the week: Ampilatwatja, NT. Out of sight, out of mind. (Updated with fresh Gerry Wood MLA)

Dump of the week: Ampilatwatja, NT. Out of sight, out of mind. (Updated with fresh Gerry Wood MLA)

November 5, 2011 2

UPDATED - Now with added Gerry Wood! That's not all! Just next to this rubbish dump there is an open sewerage pond where the raw sewage is pumped out straight of the houses. It is just very rough and ready - a hole in the ground surrounded by a chain-mesh fence. Pure raw sewage. The tip is about 2 or 3 minutes drive from the community. Kids walk back and forth. Dogs can get into the sewage ponds and then they go back to the community. It is a disgrace.

Bird of the week: When sluts rule…the genetic advantages of promiscuity

Bird of the week: When sluts rule…the genetic advantages of promiscuity

June 23, 2011 5

Female Superb Fairy-wrens Malurus cyaneus initiate extragroup fertilizations by forays to the territory of preferred males, just before sunrise, 2–4 days before egg laying. Over a prolonged breeding season, males advertise their availability to foraying females by singing during the dawn chorus.

Why am I in Columbus, Ohio?

Why am I in Columbus, Ohio?

May 5, 2011 1

I gave up attending conferences without presenting at them a long time ago and this year I'm giving two presentations tomorrow in a session dedicated to ethnoornithology and titled "Birds in historical, cultural & archaeological context" where we will "examine birds and human culture in a variety of contexts, including birds, humans and fire, birds and archaeology and what happens when birds, birders and sacred and ancient grounds meet."

Bug of the week: The Jewel bugs in my front yard

Bug of the week: The Jewel bugs in my front yard

January 3, 2011 5

A few weeks ago I noticed a cluster of these bright red and green Jewel bugs on one of the branches of the Witchetty bush and over the past month or so I've seen several sets of eggs laid, the tiny bugs emerge and then grow through several moultings before spreading around the yard and beyond.

Bug of the week – Golden Drummer Cicada (Thopha colorata)

Bug of the week – Golden Drummer Cicada (Thopha colorata)

November 29, 2010 6

The males call loudly - very loudly. If you visit a waterhole with many River Red Gums the noise can be almost unbearable. The adults live for about 2 weeks. The males can be distinguished from the female by their distinctive vocal sacs on either side of their abdomen.

A yarn with Michael Coggan, journalist

A yarn with Michael Coggan, journalist

November 28, 2010 3

Michael Coggan: It can be a real problem - particularly coming from a western culture and not having seen Aboriginal communities before. When journalists go to a community for a day - and as a journalist that is usually what you do - fly-in, fly-out, or drive-in, drive-out. We usually have no idea of the cultural and long-term context of what is going on in the communities that we travel to. Unless you have got very good contacts in those communities. Thankfully often we do, but it is very easy for reporters that don't spend a lot of time on the ground to come in and say "Oh, it is all just a mess - we need to report on this, there will be a political & media focus on this and then it will be fixed."