Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Spirituality

Indigenous Spirituality


We see your skin as a coat of armour, protecting your spirit and your Dreaming.—Rob Waters [1] Lack of respect for spiritual protocols Some non-Aboriginal people are unable to respect Aboriginal spirituality once their own interests are threatened. Lake Eyre in South Australia is sacred to the local Arabana people. In 2011 they had banned sailing on the lake due to its spiritual…


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Australias

Australias


As I approach the first anniversary of my appointment as The Ian Potter Foundation Chief Executive, I have just returned from my first Philanthropy Australia Conference. Attending this conference allowed me to lift my head from my focus on our own grant making processes and Foundation operations, and explore many concepts critical to our quest to be the most effective grant…


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Sacred sites in Australia

Sacred sites in Australia


Uluru (Ayers Rock) with Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) in the distance, Australia (Enlarge) Throughout the ages many cultures have conceived of geographic space and expressed those conceptions in a variety of ways. One expression of these conceptions has been the establishment of sacred geographies. Sacred geography may be broadly defined as the regional (and even global) geographic…


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Customs Western Australia

Customs Western Australia


First of all, you don t need a heavy custom 4x4 to hit the tracks. Many places in Western Australia can be accessed by basic or lightly modified 4wds. Some places can even by accessed with a factory stock vehicle. If you’re just going to the local beach tracks as a keen fisher then really all you would require is recovery gear and the fishing rods. A lot of other places for…


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Holidays celebrated in Australia

Holidays celebrated in Australia


Australia Day is on January 26 and commemorates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. Celebrate Australia on Australia Day.Celebrate Australia on Australia What Do People Do? Many people have a day off work and use the day among other things to barbecue, go to outdoor concerts, and to play or watch sports events. Different…


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Indigenous people Religion

Indigenous people Religion


Indigenous Traditions and Ecology John A. Grim Yale University Certain qualifying considerations need to be made in any discussion of indigenous religions. The term “indigenous” is a generalized reference to the thousands of small scale societies who have distinct languages, kinship systems, mythologies, ancestral memories, and homelands. These different societies comprise…


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Aboriginal History

Aboriginal History


Winners 2016 Book Prize Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson, Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call. Between the Lines, 2015. Unsettling Canada tells a captivating narrative of activism, identity, and lived experience, tracing Indigenous rights and land claims struggles in this country between the 1960s and 2s. Manuel and Derrickson engage with the history…


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Clearance Australia

Clearance Australia


Your suitability to hold a security clearance is determined after a series of assessments and background checks. These are undertaken to ensure that people entrusted with access to security classified information or resources are eligible, suitable and can be trusted to safeguard them. Security clearances are only required for people who, as part of their work for the Australian…


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Traditional clothing of Australia

Traditional clothing of Australia


“AMERICANS are prepared to fight for the right to bear arms. Australians feel more strongly about the right to bare feet. We re prepared to compromise that right only when we need to save our soles from hot sand or rough terrain. Then we wear thongs. Casualness is central to our sense of national identity and the thong is a symbol of that. Let the English be pompous and the…


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Aboriginal ceremonies and Rituals

Aboriginal ceremonies and Rituals


Aboriginal ceremonies have been part of the Aboriginal culture since it began. When talking about history and culture of a certain civilization, rituals and ceremonies of whatever form are one of the topics that catch the interest of many readers. Ceremonies still play a vital part in the Aboriginal culture. They are still practiced in some parts of Australia in the belief…


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