“Since I have worked in the library (Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Wujal Wujal) it's become a passionate thing for me to restore language as well, the Kuku Yalanji language. So you have to move with the times, so unfortunately you gotta do stuff with technology. I'm hoping to incorporate our language program into robotics, into apps, into everything else, just developing it all with the permission of the Elders. I still but heads with them (laughs). I had a talk one day and I said, "One day we could be talking to a robot in our language" and they (Elders) say, "No, thats not right, thats not allowed!" I said, "But think about it, when one of our Elders pass, that knowledge and that language is gone with them". I said, "Where's with this robot we can back it up here (save data) and back it up there so all that information is still here (around)". They say, "But our culture is so strong we don't need to do that." I said, "Yes very true but it is just in case and it's a fact that we (society) are moving forward." I'm sort of bull headed too because they say you can't do this and I’m like, "Yeah I can (more laughing)." I know how smart our kids are. When I have had the robotics stuff in here, from word go they are on their own and they do it, they know how to do it, they just blow it out of the water you know. It's unreal. So they would be having fun and learning language at the same time. Even when we have our homework classes I say, “You have to learn a few language words before you leave or before you are allowed to play on the iPad or go on the Internet.” So I'm constantly trying to make them learn language and culture. It's continually teaching our culture, where we come from, historical stuff and where we've come with settlers and everything like that. It's always a learning journey.” TBC....
Sunsets and mojitos at the @hoocherydistillery. Sunday sessions have quickly become the favourite way to end my week. There is a band, $7 cocktails and $10 bites. I’m also loving the space they’ve set aside for kids. Hopefully this Sunday sessions sticks around for a while
Some people knew him as culture killer Kenny. I won't argue. But I think we all know who the REAL culture killers are, and we all know the problem is GLOBAL. Uncle Billy said he could see the devil everywhere. He was bang on the money there. Uncle Kenny Dickson was nothing but gold to me, a true friend. Bye for now Unc, see ya when I get there❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤#aboriginal#aboriginalaustralia#australia#aboriginalflag#culture
Kimberley Aboriginal women Dr June Oscar named NAIDOC Person of the Year. ❤️ A wonderful way to end a week of #NAIDOC celebrations.
Dr June Oscar shared a heartfelt story of her grandmother on the Frontier at the National NAIDOC Awards last night. You can listen to her speech online via SBS.com.au
Congratulations June! ❤️❤️
Pic credit: @memoriesofcountry
Never was, never will be.
A performance piece for @homopolitanclub at @connectionsnightclub recently. Our home is girt by genocide, and our boundless plains to share were never ours to share. This land was never ours, and it never will be. Our humanity begs for consciousness on this matter and all it entails....be the change you wish to see. Always, BoyName ❤️ xx (...also points for spotting my wardrobe malfunction xx)
Thank-you @the_fac for The Baluk Art exhibition in honour of NAIDOC. Great collection & I enjoyed watching my kids engage with the pieces. My eldest is into politics & history & she asks questions so it’s always been easy to talk to her about Australia’s black past & present, but I’ve found it more challenging to raise my younger kids’ consciousness. Art gives us a perfect starting point for considering the world as we know it is not the world as the artist/others experience it #naidoc2018#naidoc#straya#australia#art#australianart#whiteaustraliahasablackpastpresentandfuture#fineart#artexhibit#aboriginalart#aboriginalaustralia
1) “Ayres Rock” Shaydon Ritchie.
2) “Spiritual Circles” Shaydon Ritchie
3) “Witchety grub and barramundi” Graeme Beamish-Bonnington Kunda Beamo
4) “Emu dreaming” Graeme Beamish-Bonnington Kunda Beamo
So sorry I didn’t write down the artists’ & titles of 5, 6, 7 & 8 if you know please comment! From FAC site: “A selection of Indigenous paintings and works on paper by local emerging artists from Baluk Arts Aboriginal Art Centre in Mornington reflecting country, connection, history and culture.”
The Bush Melon is a traditional totem for a number of artists including Betty Club Mbitjana. The sweet flesh of the melon🍈 is an important form of bush tucker, enjoyed direct from the shrub as well as dried in the sun. .
Detail from ‘Bush Melon Dreaming’ by Betty Club Mbitjana.
149 x 91cm
Beautiful spaces to experience the show “Marking the Infinite,” which spotlights the work of nine leading Aboriginal Australian women artists. If you like #kusama you will love these works that map life, salt lakes, interconnection and what appear to be undulating night sky galaxies and tree ring infinities. Beautiful works! #phillipscollection#aboriginalaustralia#aboriginalwomenartists
Mullum Mullum Choir!😊🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤❤❤❤❤❤
I was moved and so grateful to be invited to the Eastern Metropolitan Region NAIDOC Ball 2018. ❤❤❤🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼My heart goes out to the most outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women I have had the privilege and honour to work for, serve and collaborate with, laugh like I've never laughed so hard in my life, been totally in awe of and inspiration of and to this day my dearest deepest friendships. I will name the women I know best (apologies if I forget anyone...included a few special souls from Hawaii🙏🏼🙏🏼❤.) but trust there are so many that I have impacted my life not on Facebook. I pray you forgive me when I don't remember your name. However my heart and soul will always know you and generally never forget a face.❤❤❤🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 Its because of each of you that I have been able to sustain strength and rise from my ashes and keep going. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤❤❤Please know that each of you will never know how much you can impact another soul just by being YOU! Don't ever doubt your POWER and the LOVE you transmit on another has the capacity to give enormous HOPE and FAITH. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤❤❤I know without question that this sacred land and the spirit of the land fuelling the Traditional Owners of the past the present and the future has and is protecting me. I aim to humbly walk and act from a place of respect and reverence paying tribute to all the Traditional Owners. #becauseofherwecan#becauseofyouican#naidoc2018#naidoc ❤❤❤🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼