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Thankyou Alice News for a true and beautiful acknowledgement of Iain’s life and work.

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The eternal chase: songlines of the Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters (Pleiades) in old Greek versions of the myth are chased by the handsome hunter, Orion, who falls for Merope, the youngest of the Pleiades. Some say she is granddaughter of Dionysos and Ariadne. Versions change across European tribal countries.
In one version, Merope’s father, Oenopion (the “wine drinker”) agrees that Orion can marry his daughter if he clears the island of wild animals.
This Orion does, but her father goes back on the deal, wanting his daughter for himself. In a drunken rage Orion seizes Merope. Merope’s father blinds Orion while he is asleep in a stupor.
Later Orion joins up with Artemis the huntress, with whom the Pleiades travel. Maybe they have a hunter’s affair, though some say he is still after Merope.
It ends badly for Orion. Artemis’ jealous brother sends a giant scorpion to kill him, or tricks Artemis into shooting him. Artemis, in sorrow, places Orion in the sky as the constellation. He is seen even now being chased by the Scorpion while he follows Merope and the sisters.
Finnane rightly brings out some details of the humour and conflict between men and women in the Songlines tjukurrpa; sexual intrigue, deception, lust for sex and power.
The ungovernable “longfella malpa” is a problem, especially when drunk, yet its not a simple story.
Orion and Merope were a promised marriage. The father’s betrayal set in train tragic events. The myths of our cultures can instruct us all. Some say Merope finally married Sisyphus, the man who pushed a rock up hill.


Flair, imagination, vitality: Watch This Space in 2017
Congratulations WTS and the new life and to Elliat Rich and family.
The perfect Lofty choice.


Save our trees: reduce Buffel, call 000, collaborate
Thankyou Alice News for this article. I am part of a neighbourhood Land Care group that focusses on the Ankerre Ankerre Coolabah Swamp area. We clear weeds, rubbish, buffel from around the base of larger trees. It is slow work for only 3 people. So far this year no trees in the Coolabah region have gone up in smoke.


Words that everyone who lives here should know!
Thanks for the report Alice News and Ronja. This the best human size and positive grassroots intercultural event to have happened in Alice for years. And years. It shows a way.


They must be joking!
I went to see the rabbit for myself.
Two kids walked past, talking in language.
Then one said to the other in English,
“That’s the bunny court.”

So there we have it – out of the mouth of babes and infants – the local name for the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.


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