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“Not fit for humans” – the remote housing  crisis in the NT

“Not fit for humans” – the remote housing crisis in the NT

NT housing minister Bess Price admitted that Aboriginal housing was unacceptable. “I’ve visited communities, where the houses have been built in the eighties, and it’s not fit for humans.”

37 – the only number that matters at the Yuendumu Sports Weekend

37 – the only number that matters at the Yuendumu Sports Weekend

The Yuendumu Sports Committee had a plan. "All of the teams from across central Australia that come for the Yuendumu Sports agreed that we would do what we could to show our support and respect for Adam Goodes and every Aboriginal sportsman and woman across the country. This is an important thing for us and our kids. We can't let that business happen without standing up."

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.

WARU!! Fire in Australian Aboriginal art

WARU!! Fire in Australian Aboriginal art

The Gumatj clan language, Dhuwalandja, is itself the tongue of flame. This language, or tongue, like the flame, cuts through all artifice. It incinerates dishonesty leaving only the bones of the truth.

Gurrumul, Sammy Butcher, ‘mature quail’ and great footy. Barunga Festival day 2

Gurrumul, Sammy Butcher, ‘mature quail’ and great footy. Barunga Festival day 2

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu came to Barunga, captured our hearts and left us all better for it. My report from day 2 of the 2013 Barunga Festival.

Alice Desert Festival diary day two – the Bush Bands Bash

Alice Desert Festival diary day two – the Bush Bands Bash

The best band of the night for mine on the night was the Iwantja Band from the remote South Australia town of Indulkana. They didn't have the slick moves and showmanship of Papunya's Tjupi Band but they sure had their musical chops down.

The Tableland Drifters – from the Barkly Tablelands to the cover of the Rolling Stone

The Tableland Drifters – from the Barkly Tablelands to the cover of the Rolling Stone

Now based in the regional centre of Tennant Creek Lex and Joe were instrumental in the establishment and continuing development of the Winanjjikari Music Centre that has grown to become one of Australia’s leading Indigenous music studios in the country. And it is from that studio that the latest Tableland Drifters, “Land Down Under” album has come.

Breakfast with Hetti Perkins. Part two – life, work, art and more

Breakfast with Hetti Perkins. Part two – life, work, art and more

My dad spent so much time out bush and we barely saw him when we were growing up. He was always out on a community. And you know now when I go to the most remote little community place all kinds of people come up to me and say “Oh Kumanjayi sorry for your dad”. Just yesterday at the Art Fair here in Darwin someone said to me...and my Dad died ten years ago... an older woman came up to me “Oh I'm sorry for your father that Kumanjayi”...it is an immense honour and incredibly humbling when people talk to me about my father as they do.