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“Better than Roy and HG!!” – Stewie O’Connell calls the footy at the Yuendumu Sports Weekend

“Better than Roy and HG!!” – Stewie O’Connell calls the footy at the Yuendumu Sports Weekend

One fella came up to me at the end of the second day and said the comedy that came out of the commentators trying to keep up with whose who on the field was “better than Roy and HG!!” The starting point in any footy commentary is to get a good team sheet in numerical order. The challenge out bush is that there are often three players wearing the same number, several players with no number and some players with no guernsey at all. That’s when you have to get creative and write the player’s name next to “red boots”; “barefoot”; “topknot”; “big tummy” etc.

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 7 – the 2008 Yuendumu Petition

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 7 – the 2008 Yuendumu Petition

Supporti-ki karlipa wangkami, tala manu nyiya kanti-kanti yungungurlu ngalpa yinyi nyampurla ngurungka. Nyampurla Yurntumu-rla panu karlipa madarni nyiya-ningki-jarra ngula karliparla yulkami. Madarni karlipa jana Mt Theo program, kurdu kurdu kurlangu, Warlpiri-rli ngulpa karlipa jana tiji-mani, PAW, Mampumaninja-Kurlangu jarlu patu ku, WarlukurIangu arts centre, manu yangka ngula kalu jana mardarni wiri-wiri-rli kurdu-kurdu. Ngulalparlipa mangu pungkalayi, Yungurlu ngalpa nyanyi nguru kari wardingki-rli pirrdiji ngula karlipa mardarni.

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 […]

Vale Judy Napangardi Watson, 1925 – 2016 – Warlpiri artist and force of nature

Vale Judy Napangardi Watson, 1925 – 2016 – Warlpiri artist and force of nature

Many Warlpiri, like Judy Napangardi, elected to use the wildest, most inventive of palettes to represent their country and as a means of re-affirming their relationship with it

A tale of two Territory women. Rebecca Healy, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, the ABC and a defamation action

A tale of two Territory women. Rebecca Healy, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, the ABC and a defamation action

On the afternoon of the 26th of January 2012 Rebecca Healy and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks were both on the lawns near to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy across from Old Parliament House in Canberra and far from Tennant Creek. What happened next would see them on opposite sides in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

“I will have the Police shoot your Dog” – animal management in the NT

“I will have the Police shoot your Dog” – animal management in the NT

This brings us back to the Notice at the Nyirripi Store and begs the following question. Has anyone bothered to ask the locals if they want the Police to shoot their dogs? No? I thought not.

Intervention Sign Wars in the Tanami Desert…part 1,045

Intervention Sign Wars in the Tanami Desert…part 1,045

Pornography Drop-off Point. "This one is at the airstrip and is one of a pair. The other one is at the entrance to Yuendumu near the patronising “Look for People” sign. We inspect the bins daily. So far nothing has been placed in them. Anything we recover from the bins, we will incinerate."

Bird of the Week: the Bush Stone Curlew as a harbinger of death … and more

Bird of the Week: the Bush Stone Curlew as a harbinger of death … and more

Young people, feeling hopeless, began to tell each other to follow their ancestors and kill themselves like Purrukapali. But the real story said something else. The true story was about creation, how our first man died to create the Curlew, from the spirit of our first woman, his wife, and how the moon was created from the spirit of Purrukapali's treacherous brother. This was the real story. How can we sort it out?" he asks. "How can we change the ending of the story?"

Still dumb and racist in chickentown? Alice Springs Town Council maintains bans on street artists

Still dumb and racist in chickentown? Alice Springs Town Council maintains bans on street artists

"In painting, an artist conveys his sense of form, topic, and perspective. A painting may express a clear social position, as with Picasso’s condemnation of the horrors of war in Guernica, or may express the artist’s vision of movement and color, as with “the unquestionably shielded painting of Jackson Pollock": United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the matter of Steven C. White v the City of Sparks, Nebraska.

Bird of the week – the Night Parrot resurfaces…again…maybe

Bird of the week – the Night Parrot resurfaces…again…maybe

With the recent claims that the elusive Night Parrot has (again) been seen this 2010 summary of past sightings and Aboriginal knowledge of Australian ornithology's own 'holy grail' bird might help those struggling with the significance of those claims.