‘Undiscovered’ – Aboriginal Culture.

The Australian National Maritime Museum acknowledges all traditional custodians of the lands and waters throughout Australia and pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present. When Captain James Cook first arrived on Australian shores on that historic day in 1770, he wrote in his journal that the Aboriginal […]

The Story of ‘Why the Crow is Black’.

One day, a crow and a hawk hunted together in the bush. After travelling together for some time, they decided to hunt in opposite directions, and, at the close of the day, to share whatever game they had caught. The crow travelled against the sun, and at noonday arrived at a broad lagoon which was […]

Te Ata, Chickasaw storyteller.

A traditional Native storyteller, Te Ata, also known as Mary Frances Thompson Fisher, was born in Emet, Chickasaw Nation, near Tishomingo, on December 3, 1895. Her parents were members of the Chickasaw Nation. Her father, T. B. Thompson, the last treasurer of the Chickasaw Nation, operated stores in Tishomingo. Te Ata’s uncle, Douglas H. Johnston, […]

Colourful Masks at Indigenous Festival.

Indigenous children dress in traditional outfits in preparation for the Rey Curré festival. Courtesy The Culture Ministry The moment tourists arrive at a Costa Rican airport, they see artifacts of the Boruca people: elaborately painted balsawood masks hang in the souvenir shops, sculpted like monsters, jaguars, and playful demons. Travelers stop, lean into the masks, […]

Jack ‘Gulkula’ Thompson & the Yolngu people.

Unless you experience their world it doesn’t really exist’: Jack Thompson at the 2014 Garma festival. Photograph: Monica Tan by Monica Tan Why a festival celebrating Yolngu culture features tai chi classes with the Australian acting legend Dr Jack Thompson AM is not immediately clear. But Thompson – also known as Gulkula by the Yunupingu […]

Aboriginal Art aims for the Sky.

Emu in the Sky by Kyle Pickett (Australia). “When the Yallabirri (emu) appears in the sky in preparation for the laying of the eggs.” Image Credit: Kyle Pickett/Shared Sky by Karl Gruber A project connected artists in Western Australia and South Africa, where the two parts of the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope will be […]

Southern ‘Fire’ an omen in Aboriginal culture.

The red aurorae seen in southern Australian skies played an important role in Aboriginal culture (Image Credit: Alex Cherney Terrastro Gallery) The aurora australis is seen by many Aboriginal groups as an omen of bushfires in the spirit world, according to a new study of traditional Indigenous oral culture. The research, presented at the Australian […]

The Tjanpi Women Desert Weavers of Australia.

The Tjanpi Desert Weavers Building on the traditions of using natural fibres to create objects for medicinal, ceremonial and daily use, the Tjanpi – or ‘dry grass’ – Weavers are women who come together to visit sacred sites and traditional homelands, hunt and gather food for their families and teach their children about country while […]

The People of Kham, Tibet.

Kham, Tibet, In the early autumn, on a remote, high-altitude Tibetan plateau near Serxu, a Tibetan woman cuts hay to stock up for the long winter ahead. Image Credit: Photograph by Nicolas Marino/Survival International via Indigenous peoples – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

Ngiyaapaa girl prepares for Corroboree in Wilcannia.

Wilcannia, Australia Ngiyaampaa girl Punta Williams poses for photographs on the dry river bed of the Darling River before performing at the Yaama Ngunna Baaka Corroboree festival in Wilcannia, New South Wales. Aboriginal communities have recently held special festivals along the river ‘to heal the Barka’. Ochre-painted dancers performed around fires at dusk, revering the […]