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Roger Knox live in Tamworth. Picture: James Henry

Roger Knox to be inducted into music hall of fame

Country music legend Roger Knox will be honoured this Saturday with his induction into the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame at the Darwin Amphitheatre. With a career spanning over three decades, from his first album Give It a Go in 1984 to his seminal 2013 release Stranger In My Land, Knox has spent a lifetime recording, touring and advocating for his people. The event will feature live performances from Baker Boy, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers with Alan Pigram and Alice Skye. Leading this year’s finalist list are Baker Boy and Gurrumul with three nominations each and two nominations each for Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Alice Skye, Kardajala Kirridarra and Emily Wurramara. Nominees also include Birdz, Kuren, Archie Roach, Electric Fields, A.B. Original, Isaiah, Black Rock Band, Ziggy Ramo and Busby Marou. The finalists and performing artists are featured in this year’s official Spotify playlist.

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Dr Bill Pascoe and Professor Lyndall Ryan.

Research project verifies more massacres

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 3:14 pm

THE University of Newcastle has launched the second stage of a Colonial Frontier Massacres Map, charting verified and recorded mass killings of Aboriginal people across the country from 1788 to 1930. 250 incidents have now been logged but researchers expect that number could double by the completion of the study’s third stage due to an influx of evidence from regional communities. Stage two of the project shows for the first time massacres that occurred in the Northern Territory and South Australia, along with further incidents in eastern Australia. The research team welcomes suggestions for additions or modifications to the site, the data and the map. Visit the website or email colonialfrontier@newcastle.edu.au

AFTRS Indigenous unit head Kyas Sherriff, Elder in Residence Bruce Pascoe, and chief executive Neil Peplow with Indigenous students at Koori Club during AFTRS O Week.

Australian Film, Radio and TV School looking for students

Thursday, 26 July 2018 2:11 pm

THE Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is searching for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become the next generation of great Australian screen storytellers and inviting them to visit the school at AFTRS annual Open Day on Saturday, August 11. Head of AFTRS Indigenous unit Kyas Sherrif said it’s an opportunity to look behind the scenes at AFTRS state-of-the-art facilities, meet tutors and graduates and ask questions. Prospective students will also be able to find out about Indigenous scholarships and fee help. “For the interstate mob who can’t make it to Sydney, we’ll be live streaming all day from the AFTRS Facebook page.” The open day is on Saturday, August 11 between 10am and 3.30pm at AFTRS, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney.

Two of the men who inspired the fire workshop, Cape York Elders Dr Musgrave and Dr George.

Fire workshop sparks interest in sharing techniques

Friday, 13 July 2018 3:08 pm

THE National Indigenous Fire Workshop opened at Bundanon in southern NSW last night (July 12). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have gathered to share fire knowledge about traditional ways of looking after country. Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation director Oliver Costello, a Bundjalung man, said there are plans to develop a seasonal burn calendar. The workshop is being hosted by Mudjingaalbaraga Firesticks and Bundanon Trust and runs until July 15.

Ray Ken is one of the 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists exhibiting in Defying Empire at the University of Queensland Art Museum.

Artists defy empire with spectacular exhibition

Friday, 6 July 2018 11:35 am

IDENTITY, racism, displacement, country, nuclear testing, sovereignty and the Stolen Generations are being explored in a survey of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the University of Queensland Art Museum, from July 28. Touring from the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), Defying Empire: 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial brings together 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the nation. The exhibition features artworks of various media, from painting on canvas and bark, weaving and sculpture, to video, prints, photography, metalwork and glasswork. The exhibition runs until November 11. Entry is free.

Evonne Goolagong.

Goolagong honoured with highest award in tennis

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 4:44 pm

EVONNE Goolagong Cawley’s extraordinary career and advocacy has been honoured by the International Tennis Federation. The ITF has announced it will bestow its greatest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, on the Australian champion at a gala event next month. Goolagong, a Wiradjuri woman, won the French Open and Wimbledon in 1971 while still a teenager, going on to become the world No.1 and total seven grand slam crowns. The award also honours the post-career work of the individual. Since moving back from the United States in 1991, Goolagong has worked with Tennis Australia to increase female and Indigenous participation in the sport.

Dja Dja Wurrung traditional owners and artists Rebecca Phillips and Aunty Marilyne Nicholls.

Dja Dja Wurrung stories brought to life on mill

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 4:22 pm

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday night the historic Anderson’s Mill at Smeaton, about an hour south of Bendigo, will come to life with stories of Dja Dja Wurrung clans, from central Victoria. It is history under represented and often misinterpreted. The new 20 minute projection work Now You See It, created by Djaara cultural advisors and artists, Aunty Marilyne Nicholls and Rebecca Phillips with lead artist Jim Coad from Video Architecture, also features a soundscape created by musician and composer James Henry, and stories of the mill.