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The economy of shells: A history of Aboriginal women at La Perouse making shellwork for sale

Maria Nugent, National Museum of Australia

Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies conference, 9 November 2009

Maria Nugent explores the 130-year-long practice of shell-working by Aboriginal women at La Perouse in Sydney’s south, and how the makers have been able to create or find new markets by adapting their products to appeal to new customers.

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art, economy, indigenous, industry, women

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‘Always Anangu’ – always enterprising’

Alan O'Connor, University of South Australia

Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies conference, 9 November 2009

Alan O’Connor examines Anangu involvement in economic life from early records pre-contact, through the establishment of the mission Ernabella, in 1937, when dingo scalps were traded for flour, tea and sugar, to the enterprises that emerged in the 1970s.

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economy, indigenous, industry

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Albert Namatjira, camels and cars: the evolution of Indigenous art economies in Central Australia

Alison French, Australian National University

Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies conference, 9 November 2009

Alison French considers the role of camels and cars in the evolution of Namatjira’s art and the ways they fostered and sustained both the practice of art as well as myths and stereotypes that position artists and the economic values of their art.

art, economy, indigenous

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Between locals: Interpersonal histories and the Papunya art movement

Peter Thorley and Andy Greenslade, National Museum of Australia

Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies conference, 9 November 2009

Thorley and Greenslade consider Papunya Tula during the 1970s, as Indigenous art became recognised as fine art, and remote markets developed, shaping the art movement. But local markets persisted, and their effect on the movement warrants further study.

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art, economy, indigenous, industry

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Creating a colony: the European settlement of Tasmania 1803–1853

Anthea Gunn, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 14 October 2009

Curator Anthea Gunn talks about her research on the colonial settlement of Hobart and the expansion of Van Diemen’s Land in the early 1800s, as part of her work on the Creating a Country gallery.

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colonial, conflict, crime, exhibition, indigenous

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Australians in the Himalayas

Professor Ken Baldwin, Geoff Bartram, Duncan Chessell, Patrick Cullinan, Lincoln Hall, Greg Mortimer and Zac Zaharias

11 October 2009

Leading Australian mountaineers reflect on their Himalayan and broader climbing experiences, on the 25th anniversary of the first Australians climbing Mount Everest.

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adventure, environment

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Stories of the sea: travellers across the Pacific

Deveni Temu, Prue Ahrens and Sioana Faupula

Vaka Moana series, 16 September 2009

Pacific scholars Deveni Temu, Prue Ahrens and Sioana Faupula explore the personal and historical accounts of lives lived with the sea, from early Indigenous populations and European venturers to contemporary travellers.

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indigenous, journeys, pacific

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Force for good: how Indigenous Australians have enriched football

Che Cockatoo-Collins, Dr Sean Gorman, John Harms, and Dr David Headon

15 September 2009

This is a forum on how Indigenous Australians have enriched Australian Rules football, and the social significance of their participation. Speakers include players, academics and sports commentators.

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indigenous, media, sport

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Get Up, Stand Up public forum

Martin Ballangarry, Brothablack, Professor John Maynard and Rachel Perkins

10 September 2009

Contemporary forms of Indigenous protest are examined by historian John Maynard, film director Rachel Perkins, elder Martin Ballangarry and hip-hopper Brothablack in a forum coinciding with the Museum’s From Little Things Big Things Grow exhibition.

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art, indigenous, music, politics

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Layers of significance – Reconciliation Place and the Acton Peninsula, Canberra

Leanne Dempsey, Mandy Doherty, Anne Faris, Professor Amareswar Galla, Paul House, Andrew Smith and Benita Tunks

Sites of Memory symposium, 28 August 2009

Explores the varying layers of significance of Reconciliation Place and Acton Peninsula in Canberra, both traditional homes of the Ngambri Aboriginal people. The Peninsula was once the site of the Canberra hospital and is now home to the National Museum.

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memory, museums, place

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