@ Ray: “Saying it is a national Aboriginal centre demonstrates …

Comment on Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice by Evelyne Roullet.

@ Ray: “Saying it is a national Aboriginal centre demonstrates we still don’t get it.”
I put myself in the shoes of an oversea tourist, who wishing to learn, to understand this country. Australia is vaste and demands time and money if you want to visit all the “many countries” you speak off. Alice Springs could be the perfect centre for a unique experience.
Your statement:”The entrance to this centre should be the first point to explain to visitors that although Aboriginal people inhabit the entire continent, it is made up of hundreds of ‘countries’ and this particular centre celebrates and explains to visitors the uniqueness of the TOs, their descendants and visitors that make up this region.” This describes exactly my thoughts on the subject.
@ Steve: I do not speak like an academic, but as a longtime resident with many Aborigine friends sharing their feelings and knowledge. As a politician Steve, may be you should learn to refrain to debase people who have different point of view that yours, this is the first advice that an academic give to students learning how to debate.
I can debate with Ray, but not with you if you insult.

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Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
We cannot compare Indigenous of Australia with the inhabitants of Europe.
Songlines trace the journeys of ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lore.
Integral to Aboriginal spirituality, songlines are deeply tied to the Australian landscape and provide important knowledge, cultural values and wisdom to Indigenous people.
“They can be about creation stories, and they can be contemporary stories as well.
“It’s quite complex, but those land markers are very, very important, hence the importance of land claims and acknowledgement of traditional owners.”
Using songlines, Indigenous Australians have acquired an encyclopedic memory of the thousands of species of plants and animals across Australia.
“They wouldn’t have survived if they didn’t have all this practical knowledge and handed down generation after generation,” says Monash University researcher Lynne Kelly.
Europe has no songlines.
Songlines criss-cross not only the remotest parts of the continent as well as our seas, but also the cities and suburbs.


Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
I agree Ted and if the designer comes from interstate or overseas, he/she should demonstrate his/her knowledge of Aboriginal culture and the design should be based on the songlines which underpin the whole Aboriginal culture and tie all Aboriginal Australia together.


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Billy de Goat and James T Smerk: I know and understand, but I still think it is not normal and sad. It used to be enough to write after our name “Opinions are my own and not the views of my employer”. A pseudo means: “I have an opinion but not if it means that I get fired.”


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If the art centre / gallery is built on Anzac Oval, it will join the list of disappointing tourist attractions across the globe.
One I am particularly familiar with is the site of the pyramids in Egypt.
Travellers moaned that the Pyramids of Giza site can be seen from Pizza Hut, and are so close to the noise and chaos of the city (I could see them from my hotel).
They are flanked on three sides by the roads and neighbourhoods of Giza.
The same goes for the Great Sphinx.
Most of the photos taken of the pyramids in Giza are from a certain angle or from fairly close up, making them seem like they’re in the middle of the Egyptian desert.
In reality however, they’re really on the edge of the sands and practically in a few people’s backyards.
Welcome to Alice Springs, the Aborigines’ Art Center of Australia with no atural backdrop (I wonder what will be the scenic photo used for publicity?) but supermarkets, Plaza, coffee shops, war memorial, pubs.


Police want parents to stop youth crime
Yes Paul, but fear gives power to bullying, and the hooligans of our society.
The children in our streets are big bullies who know we will not punish them by fear of being labelled racists.


Police want parents to stop youth crime
I agree with Aranda Elder, about the lack of respect of the kids vandalising our town. Respect for others is very important, but respect for oneself is fundamental since we will value others to the extent that we are able to value ourself.
If we don’t respect ourselves we will not be respected by others either, and we cannot teach respect to others.
Thus I started to wonder about all anonymous writers on Alice Online, as there are more anonymous writers than normal names: do they have self respect?
It is essential to feel safe, to be able to express ourselves without fear of being judged, humiliated or discriminated against.
If you’re presenting a controversial opinion, you should be willing to defend it.
If you’re writing in a genre you fear others won’t respect, keep in mind that this is their problem, not yours.
And finally, if you’re writing material that you feel ashamed of, it’s probably better to change the material than to change your name.


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Well said Louise and I believe that all involve in NT Government and Town Council should read the book of Kathleen Kemaree Wallace, Listen deeply.
Deep listening means to hear every dimension of the other person, both what is said as well as what is implied.
It means to hear the words and the emotions underneath them and to hear the general disposition and mood of the person: To hear all of it.
Kathleen is the senior artist for the art centre and over the last 20 years has mentored and supported other women artists and young women.
She is internationally regarded and her artworks can be found in many major Australian Collections.
Two years ago, over 100 non-Indigenous people from across Australia gathered at the Edge of the Sacred conference at White Gums at Honeymoon Gap, outside of Alice Springs, to hear Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann and others speak about the spiritual road to reconciliation with Aboriginal people.
Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr (AO) is an Aboriginal elder from Nauiyu (Daly River), where she served for many years as the principal of the local Catholic primary school. She is a renowned artist, activist, writer and public speaker.
Rather than speak of treaties and politics, Miriam Rose, shared the concept of quiet meditation, an Indigenous practice that her people use to find out who they really are, their purpose, and where they are going.
Obviously none of our politicians took much notice.


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