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Aboriginal skills taken up by the army

by Carrie Cox in CULTURE

The bushcraft, tracking and navigation skills of Aboriginal people are being used by the Australian Army to train its soldiers. The army’s new ‘Tulugal Program’ takes its name from Tulugal, a formidable spirit of Dreamtime stories from the Yuin tribe in south-east Australia. Tulugal materialises like a ghost or shadow, emerging from the natural landscape to haunt and wreak havoc [...]
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NEWS

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sean Gordon to form new party

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  • Modern masterpiece breaks auction record

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  • Class actions to shed new light on history

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    EXCLUSIVE Landmark class actions expected to be worth tens of millions of dollars are about to be launched against the West Australian and New South Wales governments and the Commonwealth on behalf of Indigenous battlers [...]
  • Youngsters talk tech to Elders

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  • Day dawns for final commission report

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  • Noongar’s good vibes win radio honours

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  • The music dies down for WA corporations

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  • No heart in Turnbull’s referendum position

    November 1, 2017
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  • Slowly, slowly, history finds its place

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  • Opportunities from here to the fence post

    November 1, 2017
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HEALTH

  • Remote kidney patients face homelessness

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  • Grant Nelson has a message from the heart

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  • Kids use film to butt out smoking

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  • Smoking down but deaths still to rise

    October 18, 2017
    An epidemic of smoking-related deaths is about to hit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, health researchers have warned. A research team led by Dr Raymond Lovett from the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population [...]

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CULTURE

  • Aboriginal skills taken up by the army

    November 15, 2017
    The bushcraft, tracking and navigation skills of Aboriginal people are being used by the Australian Army to train its soldiers. The army’s new ‘Tulugal Program’ takes its name from Tulugal, a formidable spirit of Dreamtime [...]
  • Traditional culture to flow at Three Rivers

    November 15, 2017
    Traditional Yorta Yorta stories and culture will be celebrated in the first Dhungalla Kaiella Garradha (Goulburn Murray Rivers Dance Ceremony), which will be held as part of the annual Three Rivers Festival on the Victoria-New [...]
  • How does culture shape our wellbeing?

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  • Study to unearth Darwin’s ‘Little People’

    November 1, 2017
    Darwin residents who have experienced the sudden appearance of mischievous ‘Little People’ are being asked to share their stories as part of a study exploring an important part of Indigenous culture. The study is being [...]
  • Patrick carves out artworks of strength

    October 18, 2017
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MUSIC

  • ‘I’m an emotional energy that can sing’

    November 15, 2017
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  • Adrian’s leap from vacuum to didgeridoo

    November 1, 2017
    As a teenager, international didgeridoo player Adrian Fabila Tjupurrula worked with what he had — and that didn’t include a didgeridoo. Instead he improvised with the plastic hose of the vacuum cleaners he and fellow [...]
  • Together we are strong, sings Shellie

    September 6, 2017
    Shellie Morris couldn’t always sing in 17 Aboriginal languages. It was a journey the celebrated singer-songwriter, who was adopted as a baby, embarked on after connecting with her culture and family as an adult, and [...]

ARTS

  • Modern masterpiece breaks auction record

    November 15, 2017
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  • Meet modest Masella on her way up

    November 15, 2017
    Australia is about to fall under the spell of Kyliric Masella, the 13-year-old Sydney-based star of a ghostly new children’s TV series. Masella had little acting experience when she tried out for the part of [...]
  • Namatjira matriarch dies after copyright battle

    October 18, 2017
    Kumantjai L Namatjira Lankin, the matriarch of the Namatjira family, has died less than a week after her family’s protracted fight to win copyright of the works of renowned painter Albert Namatjira. Kumantjai had been [...]
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ACHIEVEMENT

  • Gumala’s Jahna Cedar wins top gong

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LANGUAGE

  • Resurrection of language is a labour of love

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SPORT

  • Rugby 7s … who made the cut?

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  • Dodson-Shaw set to fire in volcano run

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NATIVE TITLE

  • It’s back to the Native Title drawing board

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  • Proud Budina people win Native Title claim

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  • Lease decision would risk title claims: Bergmann

    October 4, 2017
    The Mount Jowlaenga people in Western Australia’s north have warned of ramifications for Native Title holders across Australia if the State Government gives the go-ahead for a multi-million dollar mineral sands project on MJP traditional [...]

BOOKS

  • Overdue for a good book to read?

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FASHION

  • Make a pocket-sized fashion statement

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EDUCATION

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  • Esteemed educator accepts UK fellowship

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MEDIA

  • Mystery Road to ratings bonanza

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    A Who’s Who of Australian television will join Aboriginal actor Aaron Pedersen on the set of the new ABC drama, Mystery Road, which is being filmed in the East Kimberley and directed by acclaimed Aboriginal [...]

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APPOINTMENTS

  • Fiona Jose to head up Cape York Partnership

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