There will never be a cultural centre here. Just the idea …

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There will never be a cultural centre here.
Just the idea of one sparks arguing among various Aboriginal stake holders.
As for a centre that could represent the diverse art and culture of the region?
Forget it.
It’s a nice idea though, one that could be a huge drawcard for tourists.
But only in our dreams.

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Cultural museum for Alice: That’s how it could be done
Well said, Paul Parker. Alice Springs is indeed awash in petty squabbles, over who controls or gains from the information, with lack of interest in sharing.
Sharing is seen as diluting the value of ownership and holders of knowledge would rather take it the grave than let others use it.
It’s a bit like burning your car when it breaks down to make sure no one else can use it / take parts etc.
I’ve seen the last custodians of a ceremony demand a grand each to share it with the next generation.
Ultimately they didn’t get the money and now it’s gone forever.
There are certainly a few who are not like that but many are, especially the older generation.
They tell me they feel unappreciated and overlooked / disrespected by the young people, including those from their own families.
There is a massive generational gap.
Paul, descendants may well visit cultural centres elsewhere to learn what they lost.
I note that the Desert Park employed whitefella archaeologists to teach their Aboriginal staff, so they could be tour guides.


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