A submerged coconut palm on Kadavu Island, Fiji.
From Fiji to France to Central Australia, stories abound of lands lost beneath the sea. Some are likely founded on millennia-old memories of coastal submergence, offering us clues today.
As Barty emulates Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s achievement in 1971, it’s an opportunity to celebrate and to learn.
Reconstruction of traditional dwelling, Lake Condah, 2020.
Photo: Peter Sutton
A new book by an eminent anthropologist and archaeologist mounts a rigorous critique of Dark Emu, repudiating notions of ‘primitive’ hunter-gatherers.
AAP Image/Andrew Drummond
Spanish artist Santiago Sierra’s request for the blood of First Nations’ people in a now cancelled artwork prompted widespread disgust. We need Black curators who work from community standpoints.
It takes a lot for brands to back away from commercialisation opportunities. Cricket Australia’s backing away from Australia Day is significant.
Michael McCormack used a phrase that reveals prejudice during his stint as acting Prime Minister.
The Morrison government has introduced a bill to parliament to make the cashless debit card trial ‘ongoing’.
William King circa 1890.
Public Records Office, Victoria
The case of an African-American sailor who arrived in Melbourne in 1887 illustrates the long history of excessive punishment of Black bodies.
The Senate has just announced an inquiry into the use of the Aboriginal flag. Unlike other flags, it is still protected by copyright.
Following on from the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, 2020 has seen 5 asteroids given new names recognising the contribution of illustrious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The revamped Closing the Gap agreement is a significant achievement for Indigenous organisations. But we need more detail about who will be responsible for what.
Suz Te Tai (Ngati Manu)
When our COVID-19 lockdowns end, we can’t afford to stop caring about collective well-being. NZ is well positioned to show the world how it’s done – if we listen to Māori and other diverse voices.
Researchers May Nango, Djaykuk Djandjomerr and S. Anna Florin collecting plants in Kakadu National Park. Reproduced with permission of Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation.
Charred plant remains from one of the oldest archaeological sites reveal that the first Australians ate a varied - and sometimes labour-intensive - diet.
Professor Megan Davis is an independent expert member of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Megan Davis on a First Nations Voice in the Constitution.
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Megan Davis says the idea of including an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution is being rejected on an understanding that "simply isn't true" but believes Australia has the "capacity to correct this".
The Treaty of Waitangi obliges the state to ensure that public policy is as effective for Māori as it is for everybody else.
A report on primary health care found New Zealand fails to deliver good outcomes for Māori because the state does not stand aside to allow Māori to take charge of their own affairs.
The Indigenous flag flies above Victorian Parliament in 2017.
As the flag’s copyright owner, Luritja artist Harold Thomas has the right to grant licences to whomever he pleases. Asking the government to buy back his copyright licence could be seen as an appropriation of Aboriginal property rights.
Rupert O’Flynn with Rudolf Marcuse’s bronze bust of Douglas Grant, December 2016.
Photograph courtesy Tom Murray.
In 1918, in Wünsdorf prisoner-of-war camp, a German sculptor created a bust of Indigenous soldier Douglas Grant. For decades, the whereabouts of this nationally significant sculpture were unknown - until now.
Composer William Barton in 2013. Indigenous composers have long been working in the field, but the contribution of Indigenous music and culture to Australian composition deserves greater recognition.
Australian composers have long referenced Indigenous music and culture in their works. A new platform paper suggests a more collaborative way forward.
Miranda Tapsell in Top End Wedding, a new Australian film about identity and belonging, directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires).
Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Romantic comedy meets road movie in Wayne Blair’s much anticipated new film.
A Motu trading ship with its characteristic crab claw shaped sails. Taken in the period 1903-1904.
Trustees of The British Museum
It has often been assumed that Australia was essentially isolated until 1788. But research into the seagoing trade on the south coast of Papua New Guinea suggests otherwise.