Rare Aboriginal art found in school store cupboard

Rare Aboriginal art found in school store cupboardThe bark paintings, which are estimated to be about 25 years old, were unearthed during a spring clean at Dickson College in the Australian capital.

The artworks were found by stunned staff members who had been emptying parts of the school in preparation for renovations.

The 12 paintings, which were well preserved in the dark and dry conditions of the cupboard, were created by well-known indigenous artists from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory

Pingpu tribes demand recognition on UN indigenous day

Pingpu tribes demand recognition on UN indigenous dayTaipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) About 30 Pingpu tribespeople gathered in front of the Presidential Office on the United Nations' International Day of the World's Indigenous People Monday, calling on President Ma Ying-jeou to recognize Pingpu people as aboriginals.

Escorted by police officers, 10 of the protesters entered the Presidential Office to deliver a petition to President Ma Ying-jeou after participating in an ancestor worship ceremony at Ketagalan Boulevard in front of the presidential building.

50,000 years of Dreamtime

50,000 years of DreamtimeThe settlement of Australia is a breakthrough in the “human story.” Very soon after anatomically modern humans began to replace (and to some extent assimilate) other lineages of our genus in Eurasia we pushed beyond the previous outer limits of the domains of humankind. The ancestors of Australian Aboriginals swept past the Wallace Line, and quickly settled the Ice Age continent of Sahul, consisting of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The biogeography of Australia is well known. Aside from bats and some endemic rodents the continent was free of placental mammals before modern humans arrived.

Chained Aborigines helped make this cattle road. Can art now tell its story?

Chained Aborigines helped make this cattle road. Can art now tell its story?The history of Australia abounds in absurdity. Australians of whatever derivation have to find ways of celebrating senselessness. Yiwarra Kuju, the current exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, is a case in point. What language is Yiwarra Kuju? I'm afraid I can't tell you, even though I invested $59 of my own money to buy the catalogue. The English subtitle is The Canning Stock Route. A hint in the catalogue suggests Yiwarra Kuju means "one road", but to whom I cannot say.

Issue: Aborigines' plight

Issue: AboriginesDARWIN - THE plight of Australia's Aborigines emerged as an electoral issue on Sunday, with the government pledging to tackle school truancy and back a constitutional change to recognise indigenous people.

Australia's 455,000 Aboriginal people lag significantly behind other Australians in terms of education, health and life expectancy in a community often plagued by problems such as substance abuse and school truancy.