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 […]
Last night Warren Mundine proposed new military-style interventions into Aboriginal communities to provide health services. Chips Mackinolty shows that in the NT, community-controlled health services are the key to efficient and effective than health service provision.
The Tjanpi Desert Weavers have a whimsical and very often funny approach to their art and I'm sure more than a bit of that rubbed off on their northern counterparts, where often weaving is more utilitarian. You can see some of the Tjanpi Weaver's wonderful work at their website.Yesterday the Tjanpi's whimsy won over the practical.
We've lived here longer than anyone - this is our country and we should have the same freedoms, rights as anyone else. Why should we be treated any different from anyone else just because of the colour of our skin and where we live?