Indigenous Web Round-Up

Each week Sinchi shares some of the most interesting articles and news from the indigenous world. A mixture of old and new but all worth checking out.

Weekly Round Up – 10th November 2016.

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shield-berlin-museum

An Aboriginal mission to Europe -to negotiate the return of centuries-old artefacts– has made a shock discovery in a Berlin museum, uncovering a shield and boomerang that could date from the first encounter between Aboriginal people and James Cook in Botany Bay in 1770! You can read all about it right here.

Rodney Kelly, a descendant of Cooman and the delegation leader.

“This is a very positive and historic moment for my people because we just did not know about those items,” 

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tanya-tagaq

We love throatsingers, especially when they use their voice in a battlecry to protect their indigenous heritage. Here’s an interesting quote from Inuit Tanya Tagaq, featured in this article in the Huffington Post:

“I find it very interesting when people vilify indigenous people that live off the land for hunting,” Tagaq said. “It’s totally different when you are in nature. A wolf isn’t evil for killing a caribou. It is a peaceful act and you get it done quickly. It just happens and it is just a part of life.”

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billabong

Whoever thought indigenous culture and ‘mainstream’ science do not go together will be blown-away by this article on Aboriginal women in Arnhem Land fighting together with Australian ecologists, to restore the biodiversity of their billabongs. Interesting detail: waterlilies are apparently very nutritious.

Elder Cherry Daniels remembers the importance of water lilies when she was growing up and said:

That’s bush tucker for us. No flour, no sugar, no anything. We used to eat that one, that’s all. We can live on that.”

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joseph-boyden-harmonica

Celebrated Canadian writer Joseph Boyden is of Native American decent and wrote many books about indigenous heritage and history. During the Edmonton Indigenous Innovation Summit last week, he admitted that he still get scared every time he sits down to write. Read here how he overcomes his fears and how he encourages other Indigenous people in their creative process.

Boyden said:

“After all the voices of all the people in the world saying you shouldn’t do this, you’re not Indian enough or you’re not this enough or you’re not that enough, when I push away all those outside voices, that’s when the magic starts to happen,”