Canada's First People First

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.01.18

I first seriously became aware of Canada's Aboriginal people in 2010 when my daily Google feed of online mentions for “Aboriginal art” started to trend towards almost 50% Canadian content. It was the Vancouver Winter Olympics which had pressured that trend with British Colombia's tribes demanding their place in the snow. This week, the Sydney Festival UTS Big Thinking Forum tackled the subject of 'Competing Sovereignties', which made it clear that tokenistic repetitions of a formulaic 'Welcome to Country' weren't going to be enough to satisfy our more political Indigenes such as RMIT University's Prof Mark McMillan, who declared that “Our 70,000 years of experience of sovereignty, of borders and of responsibility to our places” should make non-Indigenous people think twice about their puny 240 years' experience. Or UTS Prof Michael McDaniel's claim that post-1972 (what happened then?) “Every practice of my culture is a political statement; every artwork by an Aboriginal artist is political – a deed to Country”. Much of the Forum will be broadcast in 'Speaking Out' on ABC Radio National at 8pm on Australia/Invasion Day, and at 9pm Sunday 28th January on ABC Local Radio then on the ABC Listen App. But much that was said in it referenced a recent article I'd read in the Hamilton Spectator – the news organs for a city on the western end of Lake Ontario, close to Niagara Falls. Journalist Jon Wells reveals how recently Canadian Indigenous 'Welcomes to Country' have been implemented, but also how much deeper is the relationship with non-Indigenous Canada via treaties and a Truth & Reconciliation Commission – neither of which came up as issues in the Sydney Forum. Here is that article. "Acknowledgment, reconciliation and reckoning" It was the spring of 2016 when perhaps the first local public declaration was made. It was» Read More

 

MISSION SONGS PROJECT

MISSION SONGS PROJECT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 15.01.18

The Sydney Festival kicked off with two Torres Strait Islander tributes – Jimi Bani's autobiography at Belvoir (which I've missed) and Jessie Lloyd's on-going 'Mission Songs' project to collect the music which kept exiled Indigenous people alive during the 'Mish'...» Read More

 

SWEET COUNTRY

SWEET COUNTRY

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 12.01.18

Oh boy, has Warwick Thornton set us a series of virtually unanswerable ethical questions in his latest film as director and cinematographer! 'Sweet Country', his successor in terms of its examination of the Aboriginal condition in Central Australia to the...» Read More

 

The UN comes to Sydney Airport

The UN comes to Sydney Airport

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.12.17

Sydney Airport and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) this week announced that Toowoomba-born Kamilaroi artist Archie Moore has been selected to realise a major work of contemporary art for the airport’s T1 International Terminal. 'United Neytions' is a...» Read More

 

CHRISTMAS GOODIES

CHRISTMAS GOODIES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.12.17

If you're looking for that last minute Christmas present to grace your loved ones' coffee tables for 2018, look no further than Jacquie McPhee's self-published book about her collection under the title, 'the greatest passion of all'. It's full of...» Read More

 

TOMMY WATSON

TOMMY WATSON

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.12.17

It's been confirmed that the 82 year-old Tommy Yannima Watson has died in Alice Springs. The old man produced scores of glorious paintings reflecting an extraordinary ability to abstract his deep understanding of Pitjanjatjara law and legend, but was cruelly...» Read More

 

BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 14.12.17

It sounds like a rock group. It is an all-girl rock group, that just happens to be lead by the Kunwinjku/Yugoslav actor Ursula Yovich – an 'Aboriginal' actor who has achieved colour-blind cross-over into shows like 'Mother Courage', 'Snugglepot and...» Read More

 

ONES COUNTRY - BANGARRA DANCE

ONES COUNTRY - BANGARRA DANCE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.12.17

The art of telling stories via dance is an imprecise one. In classical ballet there are usually familiar stories supported by emotional music and a set repertoire of gestures with which choreographers communicate different passions and essential plot developments. In...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Industry

CHRISTMAS GOODIES

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 21.12.17

If you're looking for that last minute Christmas present to grace your loved ones' coffee tables for 2018, look no further than Jacquie McPhee's self-published book about her collection under the title, 'the greatest passion of all'. It's full of...» Read More

Industry Corner: Australia

Great Artists, Great Stories, Limited Time

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 30.11.17

The sale of a collection of five works by the most elite of the original Papunya Masters at 15-20% discount has been extended until 25th of December 2017 (when unsold works will be withdrawn). These artists have achieved some of...» Read More

Events: Event

The Late Mary Macha

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 02.11.17

Somehow, the AAD failed to report the death in March of a woman of great importance in the development of Aboriginal art – Mary Macha. She grew from a West Australian job in the State's Native Welfare Department to handling...» Read More

Events: Event

Art for the Environment

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 14.06.17

The Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory (EDO NT) is again holding an online Aboriginal art auction to raise funds for its important work (advising and acting for individuals, traditional owners, community groups and conservation groups seeking to protect...» Read More

 

 


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