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Water and the spirit

John Archer, writer

4 March 2010

John Archer shares his experience of travelling the world recording the stories, legends, myths and rituals of cultures that revere water.

environment, spirituality

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The forbidden gaze: The 1948 Wubarr ceremony performed for the American–Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land

Dr Murray Garde, University of Melbourne

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 19 November 2009

Murray Garde considers the Wubarr ceremony performed in 1948 and examines the tangled cross-cultural politics of non-Aboriginal involvement in secret Aboriginal religious ceremonies in Western Arnhem Land.

ceremony, indigenous, politics, spirituality

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Missing the revolution! Negotiating disclosure on the Pre-Macassans (Bayini) in North-East Arnhem Land

Dr Ian McIntosh, Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis, United States

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 19 November 2009

Ian McIntosh examines how Yolngu people negotiated disclosure and concealment in relation to Bayini bark paintings. What did they tell Charles Mountford about it and why? What did they tell other anthropologists and how is that issue significant?

art, indigenous, politics

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The forgotten collection: Baskets reveal histories

Dr Louise Hamby, Australian National University

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 19 November 2009

Louise Hamby examines the dispersed collection of fibre objects collected by the 1948 Expedition – the objects and the process and politics of their collection.

art, collection, indigenous

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Closing remarks

Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 19 November 2009

Closing remarks from the Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium.

art, collection, indigenous, science

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Forget the barks! Bring on the string figures! The String Figures of Yirrkala: Activating a legacy

Robyn McKenzie, Australian National University

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 19 November 2009

Robyn McKenzie examines Fred McCarthy’s celebrated collection of Yirrkala string figures as artefacts of cross-cultural exchange, looking at problems of definition, description, interpretation and analysis.

art, indigenous

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From Fish Creek to the Mann River: Hunter-gatherer transformations in western Arnhem Land, 1948–2008

Professor Jon Altman, Australian National University

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 19 November 2009

Jon Altman describes transformations in the customary economy of Aboriginal people in western Arnhem Land over 60 years – a comparative analysis made possible because of research undertaken by Frederick McCarthy and Margaret McArthur in 1948.

economy, food, indigenous

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Yolngu ways of knowing Country: Insights from the 1948 Expedition to Arnhem Land

Emeritus Professor Dr Ad Borsboom, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 19 November 2009

Whereas the 1948 Expedition presented vast collections of plant and animal life classified according to Linnaean taxonomy, Ad Borsboom explores how the Yolngu organise and present knowledge through mythological Dreaming stories.

economy, indigenous, place, ways of knowing

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Hidden for 60 years: The motion picture films of the American–Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land

Josh Harris (paper read by Mark Jenkins)

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 18 November 2009

Josh Harris describes the rediscovery in the archives of The National Geographic Society of 12,000 feet of film shot by Howell Walker during the 1948 Expedition and the in-depth steps that were taken to preserve and bring the footage back to life.

collection, indigenous, media

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Launch of Collecting Cultures, a book about the 1948 expedition

Craddock Morton, National Museum of Australia

Barks, Birds and Billabongs symposium, 18 November 2009

Craddock Morton, Director of the National Museum of Australia, introduces, contextualises and launches the book by Sally K May: Collecting Cultures: Myth, Politics and Collaboration in the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition

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collection, indigenous, politics

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