Paul Parker (Posted December 22, 2015 at 8:03 am): I …

Comment on Cultural museum for Alice: That’s how it could be done by Bob Durnan.

Paul Parker (Posted December 22, 2015 at 8:03 am): I am not so pessimistic. People need to remember that the Alice Springs situation is pretty unusual compared to most other places that have contemplated the complicated project of planning to build a contemporary cultural centre.
There are moves afoot towards mediating disputes, repairing damaged relationships, and building cultural bridges; and there is leadership adequate to the task.
It is just long, difficult work, by its very nature.
Alice combines the presence of a large mass of “immigrant” Aboriginal individuals, numbering several thousand, mostly from the central Australian hinterland, with a much smaller local network of traditional owner and custodian families, many of whom were displaced during the colonial period, and some of whom have intermarried with members of the immigrant groups.
Alice Springs also boasts an unbroken line of detailed knowledge about traditional culture and social practices in the area, carried by some of the TOs and their associated custodian families who have re-occupied the town following the demise of the old systems of displacement and control.
Many of these TOs and custodians had been shipped away, in the early to mid-twentieth century, to missions, assimilation settlements, welfare homes, pastoral leases, mines and foster homes.
When you add to this volatile mix the fact that most of the local traditional owner families were subjected to the full brunt of colonial occupation, gun-enforced pastoral settlement, missionary interventions, lawless mining rushes and feral prospectors, all accompanied by succeeding waves of deadly new diseases, rogue cops and the misguided fracturing of their families by often over-enthusiastic child welfare practitioners, it is a wonder that so many of these families have survived in some form. Many have not.
Therefore it is little wonder that there is still more healing time needed for some of these families, for mediating, and mending some of the fractures that have arisen between them.
Other players in the town would do well to keep this in mind, and provide non-partisan support and solidarity, rather than pick away at the exposed wounds.
If it is going to happen, it needs to be done properly. Great patience is required.
Still, it is good to see Steve Brown and other local leaders here willing to offer unconditional support for the general project, and to see a number of others, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, willing to put their heads up and provide leadership in the effort to explore ways forward on these complex issues.

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