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dadirri – official video

April 29, 2015

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stop. think. respect.

August 3, 2014

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Here is a new advertisement created by BeyondBlue to generate awareness of  discrimination of Indigenous people. It’s very well done. My youngest boy burst into tears when he saw it. I feel so sorry for the fella on the bus. . . And here is a commentary from the actors on the advertisement… . .  

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who is your mob?

July 13, 2014

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This week has been NAIDOC week in Australia. NAIDOC stands for National Aboriginal & Islander Day of Celebration. It’s so big now that it’s not a day but a whole week, but no-one has changed the name. It’s probably the busiest time in Indigenous’ people’s calendars. There are a lot of events for children and families in the […]

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visiting Awabikal country

July 12, 2014

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In the last week of June, I had to travel to deliver a presentation at a conference. It is hard for me to leave the kids. My husband is more than capable of looking after them, but my guilt at forsaking my duties as a mother is palpable. I was away for two nights, three days. […]

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place and truth

June 9, 2014

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It has been an interesting week. I went to a meeting at my children’s primary school during the week. This year, a new programme was introduced into the school, funded by the Federal government. The programme employs Aboriginal  Elders to come into the school every week to teach Aboriginal culture to the students during class time. However, […]

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Two Worlds: Just Listen

May 31, 2014

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Originally posted on Australis Incognita:
“Take me to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance, the places where you can risk letting the world break your heart. And I will take you to the places where the earth beneath my feet and the stars overhead make my heart whole again and…

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making tracks

May 24, 2014

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  . Winter is only a week away, and it is warm here. Every day is a glorious 25 degrees celsius. Sun shiny days where you go to stand outside and raise your face to greet the rays. It’s beautiful and it feels so wrong. Where is the cold? I still wear cardigans, coats, and boots in […]

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Respect, Resilience, and Reconciliation: A Guest Post by Tree Girl

April 12, 2014

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Originally posted on Dreaming the World:
A few days ago I posted about Australia Day and the challenges created by governmental policies of assimilation. In response, Tree Girl wrote a profoundly moving comment about Australia Day and assimilation, drawing from her experience as an Australian of Aboriginal heritage. I then asked her whether she would…

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defining my Aboriginality

December 24, 2013

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I went to a school that was pretty much white Australian. There were a few children of Greek heritage, and maybe some that were Maltese. But even those kids had light-coloured skin. And for much of the year I fit in too. However, when it came to Summer, I would turn a dark brown. The […]

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dadirri – silent awareness

December 24, 2013

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There is a deep spring inside of us, a vast silence like the desert. Here, in this space. Dadirri Time and timelessness, peace in silent awareness. I listen and wait. We watch the seasons come and go, watch the moon wax and wane, wait for the fruit to ripen, watch our children grow, sit with our […]

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