We cannot compare Indigenous of Australia with the inhabitants of …

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

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.

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Indigenous art gallery centrepiece of Gunner’s plans for Alice
@ 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.


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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Town Council considers $50m art gallery options
Good design for Desert park.
End of CBD.
1-2 smoking ceremony? Who will do it if the custodians do not want the gallery there?
6 Retail / cafe space? This is defeating the purpose to help the current shops owners.
Question: Is Studio Kinship A local business? Or this is another “I help my mates”?


65 years of history now a pile of rubble
@ Jack: Rooms on each side of a corridor is to give adequate ventilation to the building (no air con). Ventilation moves outdoor air into a building or a room, and distributes the air within the building or room.
The general purpose of ventilation in buildings is to provide healthy air for breathing by both diluting the pollutants originating in the building and removing the pollutants from it. This is called cross-bow natural ventilation.
Few months before Darwin Cyclone of 1974 ,some old Chinese houses of the same design with veranda around it, in the city, were marked for demolition by ignorant developers.
Those houses survived and were used for first aid responses.
This old high school would have survived cyclones and tornadoes by opening all windows.
I know because in West equatorial Africa were I grew up, we had the same design.


Claire Hockridge found dead
Ted: “Particularly does this apply to issues regarding First Australian matters.”
This makes me wonder why the government wants an Aborigine cultural center if no-one wants to learn from the said culture?
During the Malaya and Vietnam wars “forward scouts worked at the front of the patrol searching for signs of enemy movement: a dislodged stone, a bent blade of grass, a broken twig or a smell in the air; secret tunnels, landmines, ‘punji’ pits, and other obstacles and traps.
“The men relied on the skill of the scout. He needed to be focused and cool, have stamina and courage, and he operated by stealth and precision.
“He ensured mens’ safety and a successful mission. His was a dangerous role.”


Pastoralist finds alive the second of the three missing
Yes, Jack, something is very wrong with our society: Technology has replaced commonsense.
A tracker like Ted said would have found them in no time especially with the tracks left by the dog.
By experience I can tell some GPS and compasses do not work in the bush.
• Not enough satellites.
• Signal obstruction like trees, caves, hills, clothing, and the human body can prevent GPS signals from the satellites reaching the receiver.
When possible, put a GPS receiver in a place where it has a clear and unobstructed view of a large portion of the sky. Same for a satellite phone.
Navigation by compass is a practiced skill, and when not practiced on a regular basis it becomes easily forgotten. However with your watch you are certain to find north and therefore, south.


Pastoralist finds alive the second of the three missing
I agree with you Alex something must have been very wrong and we probably will never know the truth.
The region and the outback were not new to the two ladies.
September 1982 working for Mines and Energy on the first Alice Springs Darwin railway line geophysical survey I used to walk a minimum of 15 kilometres a day 22 kilometres is nothing.


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