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Uluru isn't the only place where tourists are asked to respect Indigenous cultural history - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Well-publicised pleas from traditional owners to stay off Uluru help to ensure that more than 80 per cent of tourists stick to selfies and champagne at the base of the sacred rock.

And while Uluru tourism will change in October when a ban on climbing the monolith takes effect, there remains many locations across the country attracting crowds despite calls from local Indigenous people to stay away.
tourism  australia  koorie  firstnations  aboriginal  indigenous 
20 days ago by timberwolfoz
timberwolfoz's musings
I’m posting this in honour of the iconic Uluru Statement from the Heart
comic  australia  firstnations  indigenous  aboriginal 
10 weeks ago by timberwolfoz
'A shocking lie': Bruce Pascoe opens up about his search for Pre-Colonial truth | NITV
He is nurturing a harvest of Aboriginal plant species; “Kangaroo grass, panicum (native millet), weeping grass, murnong (yam daisy) and the lilies.”

The Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man says Australia could learn a lot from using perennial plants.

“You’re not ploughing, you’re not using diesel, you’re not using chemicals or poisons of any kind [because] they’re Australian plants … they like the amount of rain they get here, because this is where they were born, they don’t need any fertiliser [and] they don’t need any pesticides because the insects in Australia are their mates,” Mr Pascoe told NITV News.

"If we started using Aboriginal agricultural know-how, it would go a long way to securing the environmental future of this country, that’s for sure.

“But the hardest thing for Australia to do, because we’ve failed at it dismally for 230 years, is making sure that Aboriginal people are included in the bounty of the country, the bounty that Aboriginal people actually produced by the way we managed the landscape.”
history  australia  australian  aboriginal  agriculture 
july 2019 by timberwolfoz
Dark Emu argues against 'Hunter Gatherer' history of Indigenous Australians - ABC Kimberley WA - Australian Broadcasting Corporation
The common perception of Indigenous Australians leading a 'hunter-gatherer' lifestyle before European settlement is ignoring strong evidence of sophisticated farming and agriculture practices, argues Mr Pascoe.

"There certainly was a lot of movement... but there was also a lot more sedentary living than we were led to believe."

In Dark Emu, Mr Pascoe revisits early explorers' accounts of seeing women harvesting yams, onions, and cultivating the land.

"I guess it was the grain harvests, and the grinding of seed into flour on such an extensive scale.

The reserves of flour that were made by people. The reserves of grain that were stored in secure vessels; that's what took me by surprise."
aboriginal  australia 
june 2019 by timberwolfoz
The art of healing: five medicinal plants used by Aboriginal Australians
At least half the food eaten by the first Australians came from plants. And in terms of medicines, many different parts of plants were used.
plants  healing  aboriginal 
april 2019 by AlexJD
Australian Aboriginals to get billions in compensation for land & spiritual loss in landmark case — RT World News
Aboriginals in Australia have won a ground-breaking case that paves the way for billions of dollars in compensation claims for colonial land loss, as well as loss of spiritual connection.

The High Court of Australia ruled in favor of the Ngaliwurru and Nungali groups from the Northern Territory in the biggest ‘native title’ ruling on indigenous rights to traditional land and water in decades on Wednesday.

It said the Northern Territory government was to pay $2.53mn in damages to the Ngaliwurru and Nungali groups for an earlier federal court ruling which found the NT government “extinguished” their native title rights when they built infrastructure on their land in the 80s and 90s.

Around $1.3 million of the damages was awarded for spiritual or cultural harm, which both the Northern Territory and federal governments argued was excessive.

The High Court ruled on Wednesday that the $1.3mn “was not manifestly excessive and was not inconsistent with acceptable community standards.” It was the first time the high court considered the monetary value of the removal of land rights, including economic loss and loss of spiritual connection.
Australia  Aboriginal  indigenous  land  spiritual  rights 
march 2019 by Quercki

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