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

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

Bob Gosford November 3, 2017 2 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.

Domestic Cat Monitoring in Alice Springs

Domestic Cat Monitoring in Alice Springs

Bob Gosford 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

Bob Gosford September 13, 2016 1 Comment

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

Bob Gosford 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?

Bob Gosford 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.”

Bob Gosford 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

Bob Gosford 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?

Bob Gosford August 1, 2015 3 Comments

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

Bob Gosford 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

Bob Gosford 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.