Ancient Aboriginal rock art sites documented

Ancient Aboriginal rock art sites documentedLast year, archeologist Mike Morwood and rock art specialist June Ross took the ride of their lifetime across the northwest Kimberley (Australia). They hired a helicopter and flew across largely trackless territory, their pilot landing periodically in spots where they believed a good rock art site might lie. The pair's aerial reconnoitre recorded 27 locations in which they documented a total of 54 rock art sites. "It was an absolute revelation," Ross recalls. "What struck us was how many rock art sites there are, and we developed a great admiration for the artists who made them.">>>

Aboriginal women share history of Mt Annan Botanic Garden

Aboriginal women share history of Mt Annan Botanic GardenFOR thousands of years Mt Annan was an ancient meeting place for indigenous elders who would would decide on the laws of land.

Earlier this month Aboriginal women from across the Hawkesbury-Nepean, including author Dr Fran Bodkin, met at Mt Annan Botanic Garden to share their knowledge and stories of the regionís rivers and waterways in an effort to save them. >>>

Shamans use their unique perspectives to seek healing

Shamans use their unique perspectives to seek healingThey come to heal. Themselves. The Earth. The universe.

A group of 20 shamans gather in a circle, bringing totems that connect them with their ancestors and other spirits. They summon these forces with drums, crystals, meditation and song, hoping the energy of the circle transmits vibrations of love and compassion around the globe.>>>

Flowing lines and powerful energy

Flowing lines and powerful energyJOHN Mawurndjul is among Australia's best-known Aboriginal artists, a traditional bark painter who renewed interest in this ancient art form when collectors and the art world had eyes only for the more recent style of dot painting.

His work is highly regarded across the world; he is represented in the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, and has had a retrospective at the Jean Tinguely Museum in Basel. Far from these glamorous addresses, however, Mawurndjul lives near Maningrida in Arnhem Land, >>>

Aboriginal hunting and burning increase Australia's desert biodiversity

Aboriginal hunting and burning increase AustraliaIn Australia, Martu hunter-gatherers light fires to expose the hiding places of their prey: monitor lizards called goanna that can grow up to six feet long. These generations-old hunting practices, part of the Martu day-to-day routine, have reshaped Australia's Western Desert habitats, according to Stanford University anthropologists Douglas and Rebecca Bird.

"Martu" refers to a group of about 800 indigenous Australians from eight dialect-groups that inhabit the Western Desert. >>>