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Lives of the Artist: Patrick Tjungurrayi by John Carty

Lives of the Artist: Patrick Tjungurrayi by John Carty

Patrick Tjungurrayi: Beyond Borders is a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in Indigenous art, the history of Western Australia, medical and social issues affecting Indigenous people, and the anthropology of the Western Desert. That’s a lot to claim for a mere 125 pages, but thanks to John Carty’s insight and skill, it’s a claim well justified. It’s a consistently surprising and informative read, and a sheer visual delight, both as documentary and as fine art.

Vale Brian Manning – The Communist Party, Bedford 29-776 and “fucking hairy blowouts”

Vale Brian Manning – The Communist Party, Bedford 29-776 and “fucking hairy blowouts”

Aww, fucking blowouts. Blowouts are fucking hairy, getting pushed off the road almost into a bloody table drain by a bloody road-train. They were some hairy experiences you know. Fortunately I had a good bull-bar and good brakes and wasn’t travelling all that fast and those really, really terrible diversions whilst they were building the new road [the Buntine Highway.]

The Yirrkala Church Panels, the title deeds for Yolngu clan estates

The Yirrkala Church Panels, the title deeds for Yolngu clan estates

This week's 2013 NAIDOC celebrations focus on the role of the 1963 Yirrkala bark petitions. Here we look at the equally significant history and importance of the Yirrkala Church Panels, also created in 1963.

Bird of the week – Kanpanparlala – Crested Bellbird, Oreoica gutturalis

Bird of the week – Kanpanparlala – Crested Bellbird, Oreoica gutturalis

The Crested Bellbird has a very distinctive call, from which its Warlpiri name of Kanpanparlala is an onomatopoeic derivation.