Weekly Round Up – 1st of December 2016.
Can indigenous culture ever coexist with urban planning?
Australian and Canadian academics have joined forces to investigate the coexistence of Indigenous culture and the culture of their settler states in urban planning.
What instigated this research is the apparent discrepancy between the efforts to make urban-planning meet the struggles of indigenous people and what actually happens:
“contradiction that underlies the contemporary situation of every settler-colonial state: Indigenous people and non-Indigenous settlers co-occupy place, and yet they do so in a ways that are rarely common with each other and often fundamentally different”.
Read the full article on the website of the Guardian and find out how we can actually change this way of thinking.
Sorong Samarai: “one people, one soul, one destiny”
This is the title to a song co-written by Papuan Indepence-leader Benny Wenda and famous Indonesian music-producer Airileke Ingram. The song is to coincide with West-Papua’s Indepence Day, which is hoped to bring full freedom to West- Papuan communities.
Ingram: “There are different ways to the top of the mountain, but I think a referendum is probably what we all hope for — inclusion on the United Nations de-colonisation list leading to a referendum.”
Read more about this joined indigenous endeavor in the National Indigenous Times.
Prehistoric state-of-the-art bone-technology
From bone nose ornaments to ceremonial bones and work tools… these will all be used in a groundbreaking research by Australian professor Michelle Langley to find out more about the apparent resilience of early indigenous communities. Dr Langley is particularly interested in the reasons why early aboriginals survived heavy climate change and thinks bone-carvings can give her some insight.
“Australia’s interesting in that people got here pretty early, 50,000 to 60,000 years ago, and it took quite a large ocean crossing to get here,”
Langley will work with as many Indigenous communities as possible to get a picture of early bone technology and to catalogue items that have been discovered. Read more about Langleys research.