On this day: Aborigines get Uluru back
LYING AT THE PHYSICAL and cultural heart of our nation, the great monolith of Uluru is sacred to Australia's Aborigines for its place in the Tjukurpa - the 'creation period' - as well as a mecca for trourists drawn to this most iconic feature of the outback.
Twenty-five years ago, on 26 October 1985, it was the focus of a ceremony held to transfer custodianship of Uluru and neighbouring Kata Tjuta to its Anangu traditional owners. The ceremony, performed in the shadow of the immense rock, remains one of the most significant moments in the Aboriginal land-rights movement.
One of the secret destinations on Oprah Winfrey's Australian tour is a stunning collection of Aboriginal rock art that has been seen by only a few non-indigenous people.
Plans are under way to show Winfrey's worldwide audience an Aboriginal shelter in a remote part of the Northern Territory's west Arnhem Land, which is only accessible by helicopter.
An estimated six million Australians saw the 13-year-old make a two-minute speech, broadcast on free-to-air television stations, urging the nation to create job opportunities and a better future for indigenous people.
Within hours of her speech last night, more than 5000 people had backed her cause by pledging their support for the indigenous Australians public awareness campaign, GenerationOne.
ILLUMINATED by a single candle, the shaman’s weathered face appeared kindly, like that of a sympathetic doctor, with painted red marks also suggesting a calm, fierce authority — both qualities that I would rely on during the dark and uncertain hours ahead. He sat on a wooden stool carved into a tortoise, and wore turquoise beads around his neck and a crown of crimson feathers. A table beside him displayed the modest tools of the ceremony: a fan of leaves, jungle tobacco, a gourd bowl and a clear plastic soda bottle containing an opaque, brown liquid.Shamanism: Spirits in the valley
The cultural heritage of pre-Islamic philosophy and mythology is so interwoven into the mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan that strands of it survive to this day. Religions born of their environments, the influence of centuries of Shamanism, Buddhism, Baoism and Zartosht are seen most clearly in their interaction with nature, where the word worship can be interchanged with respect for and love of.