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 region’s 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. >>>

Siberian Buryats Struggle With Loss of Autonomy

Siberian Buryats Struggle With Loss of AutonomyThe Buryats are Siberia’s most populous indigenous group and maybe its biggest political losers.
Aginskoye, Russia | Since 1937 the Buryats, Siberia’s most populous indigenous group, have given their name to three administrative regions of Russia. But in recent years that number has been reduced to one. In 2008, the Ust-Orda Buryat Autonomous Area merged with the surrounding Irkutsk Region, melding the Buryats into a large Russian population.>>>