Reading the other comments I see the closed minds – …

Comment on Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice by Bev Emmott.

Reading the other comments I see the closed minds – the fact that they seem to think that Aboriginals only want Aboriginal art must be very soul destroying for those Aboriginals who want other things, like technology, theatre, the sciences.
The kids coming through school are learning plenty but I note my experience of the schools is that teachers are pushing the Aboriginal kids into Aboriginal arts and crafts only.
There are unlimited opportunities for other things – Aboriginals who make it to the Olympics, into theatre, into businesses like hairdressing, mechanics, technology, science and manage to go overseas to work.
I even noted that the schools push Aboriginals into Aboriginal languages instead of other languages – that’s OK but if some want to do other languages and trades they should be encouraged to do so.

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Work started on national Indigenous art gallery for Alice
Alice Springs is a dying town, mainly because no-one else matters but the Aboriginals.
I am not saying they should be ignored but it should not be the only factor in consideration for the town. Araluen and the science centre are already in existence. There are numerous Aboriginal art shops and places already so why not open the minds to other cultural things as well.
It seems only Aboriginal art and football are the only things around which makes for very closed minds.
When they push other cultures out they will end up destroying themselves. It’s OK for visitors who only stay a day or so but people who want to live here want other interests as well.


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If they want a culturally appropriate site what do they suggest as the site?
Do they own this site themselves or are they pushing others out?
Also, the economics of the proposal need to be considered – is it in the best position to be easily accessed by the customers (tourists)? If it is that will make money for them.
Tourists can see Aboriginal things all over Australia so you need to consider, is this is going to draw the crowds from other places?
Things like what ammenities are around the proposed site and is the site going to have a historic angle written so everyone can know why the site was proposed.
However the big draw card will be ease of access and parking for the travelling tourists.


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