‘They wore their culture for all to see’ – The Cultural Frontline – BBC World Service


Artist Tiriki Onus is reviving the traditional Aboriginal craft of possum skin cloaks. The cloaks were important cultural artefacts for his ancestors and his is the first in over a century to be made only from entirely traditional techniques.


Listen here from the 20:30 mark – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03tbwc9

Aboriginal Activists Marked One Year Since the Death of Ms Dhu in Custody – VICE

Photo by Jarni Blakkarly

Photo by Jarni Blakkarly

On Melbourne’s busy Burke Street mall during the rush of the lunch hour, the low voice of the singer Kutcha Edwards rang out in prayer; “Is this what we deserve?”

On Tuesday in major cities across Australia Indigenous rights activists gathered for the one year anniversary of the death of Yamatji woman Ms Dhu, who died in police lock-up in South Hedland, Western Australia, after medical complications.

Despite being almost the exact opposite side of the country from where that death occurred, Kutcha was singing to the dozens who gathered to mark the date and protest for justice as well as reform. The song was for the white-collar workers rushing by.

Full article – http://www.vice.com/en_au/read/aboriginal-activists-marked-one-year-since-the-death-of-ms-dhu-in-custody