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Language and identity

Jeanie Bell, Batchelor Institute for Indigenous Tertiary Education

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Jeanie Bell, a Jagera and Dulingbara woman, talks about the importance of language to Indigenous identities, the impact of the forcible loss of language and culture, and the attempts to revive Indigenous languages.


conflict, indigenous, language


Public opinion on recycled water

Dr Kelly Fielding, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Recycled water discussion: A nice drop, 20 March 2010

Kelly Fielding gauges the levels of support for and opposition to recycling water for human consumption, and explores the reasons behind each position.

audiences, food, science


The Sunshine harvester

Leah Bartsch, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 10 March 2010

For many decades, Sunshine Harvester Works was a significant landmark in Sunshine, a suburb in Melbourne’s industrial west. Museum curator Leah Bartsch explores research into the stories and objects of Sunshine.


agriculture, collection, industry


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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