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Art in translation: Murray Garde and John Mawurndjul

Art in translation: Murray Garde and John Mawurndjul

One of the most troublesome subjects for interpreters who work with Australian languages is finding acceptable ways to refer to the concept of a sacred site. In Kuninjku, these are known as Djang. In central Australia, the term Tjukurrpa is becoming more well known by non-Indigenous people. These terms involve more than just a location, but also ideas about deep history, the period of creation and the association between specific groups of people and totemic aspects which have their historical focus in these places. The term ‘Dreaming’ is so inadequate and misleading and so many Indigenous people are starting to reject this term, although others continue to use it.

Word of the Week: Burrmarlarla – the shimmering of half light and half shade on kangaroo fur

Word of the Week: Burrmarlarla – the shimmering of half light and half shade on kangaroo fur

Karlwardba ka-keyo ka-yo Burrmarlarla kalaba karndakarndayh, karrarangkan yiman njale delek kandakidj dakbameng ka-yo ka-warre: Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek

Bat of the Week – Ghost Bat, Macroderma gigas

Bat of the Week – Ghost Bat, Macroderma gigas

Help decipher the whispers of our most iconic and mysterious flying mammal--the Ghost Bat--by throwing a few dollars the way of a worthy research project. In an all too familiar story for Australia's native mammals, the Ghost Bat--our only carnivorous bat--has all but vanished from most of its former arid zone haunts and is now restricted to a few known populations in the tropics and the Pilbara and needs your help.

“Kabindi-kebdjirrkkan kurebeh kondabeh” – understanding Township Leasing in the NT

“Kabindi-kebdjirrkkan kurebeh kondabeh” – understanding Township Leasing in the NT

Any rights they would have previously enjoyed under the Land Rights Act to “free, prior and informed consent” about sub-leases would no longer apply. “Bolkkime ngarri-bekkan manekke kun-wok!”-“That’s the first time we have heard/understood this information.”

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Bird of the Week: Yilingkirrkkirr – the White Throated Grasswren

Applied ethno-biology at its best. This guest post from Peter Cooke examines the benefits that Aboriginal fire management regimes can have on fragile landscapes and vulnerable --literally -- bird and mammal species.

Senator Nova Peris OAM. Maiden speech, 13 November 2013

Senator Nova Peris OAM. Maiden speech, 13 November 2013

I am a Territory Girl. I am immensely proud of who I am and where I hail from. It is majestic. The Northern Territory’s very talented musicians, our artists, our sports men and women. Our culture, our iconic and diverse landscape that boasts a number of world heritage listings. There is certainly is no other place I would rather call home.

Darwin Art stories day 2 – the Telstra NATSIAA awards category winners

Darwin Art stories day 2 – the Telstra NATSIAA awards category winners

It is clear, to me at least, from looking at the winners above and the impressive works by all the finalists on display at the Museum and Art Gallery, that this show reveals the true strengths and immense value and integrity not only of the many art centres scattered around this country, but also of the artists and their arts practices.