In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, Akeyulerre Inc wants to work with council, first on a specific project achievable within six months, then set a timeline for a process beyond that. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
It seems likely that all peoples have in common the need to help young children go to sleep at night and it is charming to experience this by the fireside with Arrernte story-tellers in ICTV'S series, Our Bedtime Stories, launched locally last night, writes KIERAN FINNANE.
In Arrernte it “sings its own name”, in English it's a willy wagtail. And it's one of the birds featuring in Therese Ryder's Ayeye Thipe-Akerte: Arrernte stories about birds, launched at the recent NT Writers Festival. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
A new volume of memoir and reflection on his art by Rod Moss has been published this week by UQP. Titled tellingly One Thousand Cuts, it bleeds grief, as violence, disease and death ravages his circle of Arrernte friends and at times leaves Moss reeling. The country becomes his “safety net” into which he leans to find joy and consolation. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
At right: And dark was the night, 2009. A few days later the candle-bearer would stab his young wife, whom Moss shows here with their young son, 11 times.
If you've ever wondered about the extraordinary web of relationships among Aboriginal people of your acquaintance, about what is meant by terms such as cousin-brother, cousin-sister, or how your friend can call more than one person mother, then this is a book for you. KIERAN FINNANE takes a look at Anpernirrentye Kin and Skin – Talking about family in Arrernte by Veronica Perrurle Dobson AM and John Henderson, the latest production of local publishing house IAD Press.
Pictured: Veronica Perrurle Dobson AM with Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM, who launched the book during the recent national Native Title conference.
Rodd Moss may mostly paint by the hard light of day, but the retrospective at Araluen covering his work in Alice Springs over three decades opened by candlelight and in an atmosphere of reverence. Why did this feel so fitting and potent? asks KIERAN FINNANE.
Pictured: Rod Moss (right) and friend in front of Movies is Magic.
At the launch of her new novel, From Alice with Love, Jo Dutton spoke of fiction’s power to change the way we think. By this measure, the achievement of her book is to tell an emotionally textured story of lives lived in and near Alice Springs. If it changes the way we think, it’s by getting in under the usual glosses of the social landscape of The Centre and letting love propel her story, love between particular people, black and white, living in recent times, and love of the country. KIERAN FINNANE reviews.
MODIFIED 11.05am, July 1, 2013. See note at the end of FULL STORY.