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I wish to acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners and custodians of land on which I am writing today

There is some dispute, but for the most part, Canberra and the ACT is recognised as being Ngunnawal country. The people were once hunter-gatherers and resources specific to the area were Bogong moths in the summer and Yam Daisies in the lowlands.

The community has been here for at least 20,000 years and is still living here. The earliest direct evidence is a rock shelter near Tharwa that is 20,000 years old.

...That's a rather pitiful amount of knowledge really. Hopefully I will learn more this week.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngunnawal
http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/downloads/education_and_understanding/factsheets/1%20NgunnawalCountry.pdf
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Today is the start of NAIDOC Week 2015 and I decided to head down to the National Museum of Australia for the NAIDOC festival that they were holding. Exercise and culture for the win!



My adventure for the day #nationalmuseumofaustralia

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I arrived in time for the Welcome to Country and a wander around the main hall.

#nationalmuseumofaustralia

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Most of the activities were geared towards children, but there was music. So I caught the performance by a hiphop duo named MajikHoney, who apparently appear on X Factor last year. Anyway, they were fun, and did some covers that I recognised, so that was good.

MajikHoney #nationalmuseumofaustralia #naidocweek2015

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I then joined a tour of the First Australians gallery given but one of the Aboriginal staffmembers. It was fun and she had some interesting things to say, particularly about the way the design of displays can send ideological messages.

After that I grabbed lunch before going back in to explore the galleries myself. I spent some time  cotemplating the Tasmanian display, which was mostly about the reclaimation of Tasmanian Aboriginal identiy and culture. I have the names of a few poets to look up, as one poem in particular nearly made me cry.

I did a little bounce at seeing Evonne Goolagong's Wimbledone trophies, and cracked up when I discovered that a 1960s Miss Australia was sharing a display case with Germaine Greer.

All in all, a fun, but tiring day. :D

EDIT: Let me know if the embedded Instagram pics work please? My internet is a bit spotty today and I've never done it before.

Ponderings

Jul. 4th, 2015 05:13 pm
mayakittenreads: (Tim Minchin brain)
I was thinking today about how much blogging has changed for me. Not just the fact that do it much less frequently, either!

When I began on livejournal in 2004, it was as much a personal journal of my doings as it was for posting fanfic and discussing awesome stuff. But so much of that is done on Twitter now. I only blog what I have something significant to talk about that will take more that 140 characters. I have to think a bit more. Which might explain why I do it so rarely!

I'm a creature of comfort, and I often find deep thought quite uncomfortable and difficult.

Even when I do have thoughts, my form of employment prevents me from posting what could be some truly epic rants. I'm not allowed to publicly say anything that could be considered criticsim of my employer. I won't go into detail for exactly that reason, but any Australian's can probably understand what I mean.

I don't watch much sport any more (I would watch F1 but my requires me to be asleep when it's on). And I've never been particularly good a critically reviewing media, though I think I'm getting better. But I so rarely work up the energy for it. Much of my time is still eaten by reading fic, even if I don't write much anymore. I'm also studying on top of working full time. I keep meaning to write up things like conventions, but here I am almost a month after the last one and I still haven't done anything. I should get on that.

I'm hoping to make some posts over the next week, which is NAIDOC week in Australia. In fact I have the first one cued up. Hopefully this will encourage me to keep going.

NAIDOC week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture, history and achievements. I have some ideas, but we'll see.

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