Sacred re-burial of Aboriginal remains

Sacred re-burial of Aboriginal remainsThe remains of Aboriginal people, removed from caves in the central Kimberley one hundred years ago, will today be laid to rest by their descendants.

The burial sites, located north of Fitzroy Crossing, were raided during scientific expeditions in about 1910.

The bones ended up in museums and universities across the world.

They were recently returned to the Bunuba people for re-burial.

The Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre's Neil Carter says it will be a moving time for everyone involved.

A Landmark Victory for Indigenous and Tribal Rights

A Landmark Victory for Indigenous and Tribal RightsIndian Minister of Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh's courageous decision saves the real Avatar

Today's announcement by Indian Minister of Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, that the Indian government has rejected Vedanta's proposed bauxite mine in the Niyamgiri Mountain, Orissa, India, and has suspended the clearance process for the expansion of the Lanjigarh refinery, represents a victory not only for the Dongria Kondh, but for indigenous and tribal people throughout the world.

Spirited landscapes with a twist

Spirited landscapes with a twistIF a writer were to turn the life of Joe Alimindjin Rootsey into a novel, it would require someone of John Steinbeck's power to do it justice.

Steinbeck had what such a story would take: the sensibility towards pathos and the courage to make the ordinary epic. He also had the skill to control a narrative that could and fall into cliched melodrama. Only a Steinbeck would be grand enough and sure-footed enough to find the narrative voice that would do justice to the tale of the artist.

Contemporary works alive with the rhythms of the past

Contemporary works alive with the rhythms of the pastDISPLAYED in the cavernous interiors of two World War II-era concrete storage bunkers, the works on view at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair offer an intriguing overview of Queensland's Aboriginal art-making traditions, present and past.

Here are urban indigenous art pieces, strong and hard, set beside delicate print works from the Torres Strait, woven and ceramic pieces brought to life in new art centres, even historical surveys of half-forgotten mid-20th-century precursors from the far north.

Desert tales

Desert talesHe was criticised for making his protagonist an Aboriginal woman, but crime writer Adrian Hyland says it is just his way of bridging Australia's greatest cultural divide.

THE main character in Adrian Hyland's two crime novels is a young black woman called Emily Tempest. In the first, Diamond Dove, she is an amateur detective. In the second, Gunshot Road, she's become an Aboriginal community police officer.