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Nomadic cultures, journeys and coming home

Robyn Davidson and Dr Mike Smith, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 16 September 2007

Adventurer and author Robyn Davidson joins desert archaeologist Mike Smith for a discussion about her travels in Australia, India, China and Tibet, and 30 years since the publication of her Making Tracks book.

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adventure, environment, exploration, journeys, memory

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Into the desert

Dr Mike Smith, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 5 September 2007

Desert archaeologist Mike Smith on his expedition into the remote southern Simpson Desert in South Australia. Mike recalls the thrill of discovering ancient fossil remains, working with camels and a helicopter rescue for an injured expeditioner.

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adventure, archaeology, exploration

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Conversation with Jenny Kee

Jenny Kee and Roslyn Russell

Eternity series, 19 August 2007

Fashion designer Jenny Kee, whose story features in the National Museum, explains how her chance survival in the Granville Train Crash in Sydney in 1977 became a catalyst for her art, in a conversation with curator and historian Roslyn Russell.

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art, biography

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The dàn tre: a musical migration story

Jennifer Wilson, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 8 August 2007

An original bamboo musical instrument made by Minh Tam Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee to Australia, illustrates a meeting of European and Asian traditions and a life changed by war, explains curator Jennifer Wilson.

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collection, conflict, journeys, migration, music

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Who you callin’ urban?

Vernon Ah Kee, Bronwyn Bancroft, Richard Bell, Wesley Enoch and Dr Anita Heiss

Who You Callin’ Urban? forum, 6 July 2007

An examination of the expression of Indigenous culture and identity by a dynamic group of contemporary artists and authors. Explores the impact the ‘art’ movement has had on Indigenous people and how cultural material can be ‘read’ as documentary text.

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art, indigenous, urban

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These are modern dreamtime stories!

Stephen Hagan, Gordon Syron and Sam Wagan Watson

Who You Callin’ Urban? forum, 6 July 2007

The ways the ‘active’ Indigenous voice has changed the representation of Indigenous cultures from urban areas in museums and keeping places is explored by Indigenous artist Gordon Syron, poet Sam Wagan Watson and writer Stephen Hagan.

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art, indigenous, museums, urban

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Writing onto public record our stories

Michael Aird, Stephen Hagan, Christine Hansen and Professor Peter Read

Who You Callin’ Urban? forum, 6 July 2007

An exploration of the term ‘urban’, whether it is an appropriate reference for Indigenous people living in Australian cities, and the many ways Indigenous culture is expressed in these environments.

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indigenous, urban

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The natural world as a character

Nicholas Drayson, novelist and Dr Libby Robin, National Museum of Australia

Historical Imagination series, 24 June 2007

Environmental historian Libby Robin and novelist Nicholas Drayson share an interest in nature and the history of science and discovery. They explore the dynamic relationship between historical evidence, recollections and the reconstruction of the past.

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environment, science, ways of knowing

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‘A very tolerable addition’: Leichhardt’s mapping of the Balonne River

Dr Martin Woods, National Library of Australia

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Curator Martin Woods examines a rare map drawn by Ludwig Leichhardt. Woods says the map of the Balonne and Condamine rivers in Queensland raised hopes of an expanded Darling Downs farming district and funded Leichhardt’s final journey.

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agriculture, exploration, leichhardt

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Leichhardt: the motivations of an explorer

Professor Rod Home, University of Melbourne

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Historian Rod Home looks at Ludwig Leichhardt’s family background, financial situation and formal scientific training to argue the explorer was also a perceptive naturalist with a well defined research agenda in Australia. NOTE: audio loops from 18:40 on.

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exploration, leichhardt, science

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