September 26, 2002 |
An Australian state has agreed to hand back a slice of desert as large as New York to Aborigines 50 years after they were driven out because the British government wanted to use it to test missiles. Western Australia state expects court approval this week on the deal to return 53,000 square miles to the 2,000-strong Martu people. "They are the traditional owners of the area and have maintained those ties since the colonization of Western Australia in 1829," deputy state premier Eric Ripper said.
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July 21, 2002 |
Clifford Possum, 70, one of the first Australian aboriginal artists to gain an international following, died June 21 in Alice Springs, Australia. The cause of death was not announced by his family. Known as Kumuntjayi Tjapaltjarri to the members of his Ammatyerre tribe, Possum adopted his nontribal name after a Lutheran missionary rescued him from starvation. With no formal education, he become proficient first at woodcarving while working on a cattle ranch for 15 years.
May 20, 2002 |
"Get your lips loose," said Andrew Werderitsch to the 13 students. "Don't worry about the spit. Get your lips as big and juicy as they can be." No, this isn't a class on advanced smooching. It's a didgeridoo workshop, the first in a planned series open to players of the Australian instrument. This one was held at the Circle, a Marina del Rey area residence that doubles as a creative space.
March 2, 2002 |
No one would ever accuse him of political correctness. In his long career as Queen Elizabeth II's consort, the duke of Edinburgh has mastered the princely gaffe with ill-considered remarks about Indians, Scots, women and deaf people, among others. The tongue that spares none struck again Friday. During a tour of Australia to mark his wife's Golden Jubilee, Prince Philip added Aborigines to his verbal hit list when he asked a tribal leader, "Do you still throw spears at each other?"
November 12, 2001 |
Australian aboriginal culture takes us on an unbroken path back to prehistory, a journey that choreographer Stephen Page invokes with an exciting sense of contemporary stagecraft in "Corroboree" for his Sydney-based Bangarra Aboriginal Dance Theatre.
June 1, 2001 |
A noisy cement factory sits on the land where Tien Min-jen grew up. He can see its towering bulk from where he lives now, and in its nonstop whir he hears the rumble of injustice. For millenniums, the area has been home to Tien's ancestors, members of the aboriginal Taroko tribe on Taiwan's verdant eastern coast. They raised their crops and their children and put down roots here long before Chinese settlers first arrived 400 years ago.
May 13, 2001 |
It's hard to faze an Angeleno. But if you had been cruising down Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica on a recent Friday, passing New Roads School, you might have wondered if you had driven into "Survivor II" in the outback. There, on a round patch of grass, with Los Angeles traffic whizzing by in the background, a group of Aboriginal teens stripped off their surfer glasses and jeans, painted their bodies with stripes of blue, and danced with spears to the low, haunting sound of the didgeridoo.
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February 23, 2001 |
Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, an influential artist whose work helped popularize aboriginal art and later sold for record prices at auction, has died. Tjupurrula died Feb. 12 in poverty in a desert camp in central Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales reported Thursday. He was 75. Tjupurrula was one of the most acclaimed of the Papunya Tula school of indigenous artists who pioneered the aboriginal technique of dot painting.
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October 20, 2000 |
Charles Perkins, a leading activist for Aboriginal rights in Australia, died Wednesday of complications from renal failure, family members announced. He was 64. Perkins was among the first Aborigines to earn a university degree and the first to play professional soccer. He paved the way for future indigenous leaders by becoming a top-level civil servant.