Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Celebrate the Richness of Aboriginal Languages

Deep Bloggers are compiling the Language Links Database – “The purpose of this website is to list all the best free language links and language resources. Knowledge should be easily accessible. Day by day new language links are added. If you don’t see language links for some of the languages you’d like to learn, please be patient.”  Unlocking Languages

Buried Tools and Pigments Tell a New History of Humans in Australia for 65,000 Years Australia is the end point of early modern human migration out of Africa, and sets the minimum age for the global dispersal of humans Buried Tools and Pigments Tell a New History of Humans in Australia for 65,000 Years


Our Languages Matter: NAIDOC Week 2017

Today we met Melissa Jackson - State Library Iindigenous Services:
Melissa is of Bundjalung descent, with family links to the Baryulgil area near Grafton. She started at the Library with Ronald as an Indigenous Librarian in 1991. Melissa has a background in teaching and a passion for Aboriginal languages. 
Jeffrey Samuels (1956 - ) - Untitled (Kangaroos and Fish) 74 x 53cm



Past and present key to unlocking language mysteries - National Indigenous Times

Jeffrey Samuels - boomalli
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Jeffrey Samuels. Rings, Marriage Equality. Mixed Media on Archival paper. 56.5 x


NAIDOC in the City comes to Hyde Park as it catches the hearts of characters at Latitude East ;-)


First Aboriginal crew to enter the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race  ...

Gadigal words to recognise Aboriginal language ...

Redfern Oral History: Gadigal people

Jeffrey Samuels - Boomalli

Jeffrey Samuels is a Ngemba painter, illustrator, designer, mixed media artist and printmaker. Jeffrey was a founding co-member of Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in 1987. In his art practice, Jeffrey has always sought to affirm his “Aboriginal identity and cultural heritage and its artistic expressions” and his dedication to community well-being. 

Message Stick - Jeffrey Samuels


Indigenous art lights up the Sydney Opera House:

The late Aboriginal artist Lin Onus hoped his art would create "some sort of bridge" between Indigenous and European cultures, yet it is unlikely he would have imagined his work flying across the sails of the Sydney Opera House every sunset.
From Wednesday night, Mr Onus' work, along with four of Australia's most eminent First Nation artists including the late Minnie Pwerle​, will be projected every night at sunset and 7pm on the World Heritage building's eastern sails to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land.


Indigenous flags permanent at Gov House



Australian Culture: Traditional Aboriginal Dance


Big winners at this years NAIDOC Awards














The Writer Lidia Yuknavitch, Who Reinvented The Memoir, Says She’ll Never Tire Of ‘Swimming Within Language



Her book The Chronology of Water ends with an interview with her editor Rhonda Hughes, and here’s why: “What you want is an editor who is dying to go with you into your material, to ride the waves, to dive down or kick up, to swim the waters of your imagination. The interview was a chance to show readers that no book happens without collaboration. All books take many mammals and I count my lucky stars I crossed stardust paths with Rhonda.”
In Custodia Legis, Margaret Wood: “Last week, I had the honor to give a gallery talk on the Library of Congress exhibit, Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration.  As aco-curator for the exhibit, I had helped in doing legal research for information about the cases portrayed by the drawings in the exhibit.  At the talk, I spoke about the challenge of doing legal research for state and federal trial court cases.  Very few of the opinions from trial courts are published.  Locating information for many of these cases was difficult and in many instances the best source of information was an appeals court decision on a case.  Many of the appellate court decisions I found provide a rich trove of information about the trial court case with a detailed exposition of the issues.  The other challenge in doing legal research for this exhibit was that I only used free online resources.  Luckily, in the last several years there has been an explosion of websites that provide access to published court decisions: JustiaFindlawGoogle Scholarthe Public Library of Law, andCasetext to name a few…”