Posted 23 Jul
It’s cold and rainy, a sign that the Kaurna season of Kudlilla has arrived. We’re going to put out weekly lists of things to do while you’re huddled inside. Next we’re looking at essays and articles! If you’re not sure where to start here are some of the best things we’ve read to recently.
Here is a selection of blogs written by different blak writers including Kirsty Lee Dickinson and Tuuli Narkle about topics from Family, love, relationships, hardships and of course isolation.
“Although some winter solstice traditions have chang ed over time, they are still a reminder of indigenous peoples understanding of the intricate workings of the solar system.”
“As challenging as this truth is going to be, it will provide an opportunity for us to heal and unite, but it will create a future Victoria that we all belong to and all connect with.” — Marcus Stewart
“Aboriginal knowledges of these places, and how this knowledge links to the archaeological record, is what can fully contextualise the meaning of these places for our ancestors – and for us today.”
“My work as a tutor felt incredibly meaningful given my personal history. I was in an environment where I was able to educate non-Indigenous people about the ongoing impacts of colonisation. Even so, during my time in this role my own health and wellbeing suffered. I believe I was experiencing vicarious trauma, through the weekly retelling of Australia’s colonial history, and the links between this history and our present.’
“Katie’s work caused me to stop and contemplate the ways in which I navigate the world, and my worlding, this is what art is supposed to do, and also what an exhibition should do as well. An essential element in a program centered in not knowing is to enter into the discomfort and confrontation of ignorance, to locate and set up a new line of ethical action and thinking.”
“I think systematic racism in this country extends to our TV screens. It’s kind of fucked to think that the majority of audiences are fine watching BIPOC contestants perform for them but not fall in love.”
“Not only does Budj Bim bust the myth that all Indigenous people were nomadic and not agriculturally inclined, it is also considered one of the oldest aquaculture sites in the world.”
“I saw people who’d been passionately debating each other, embracing, crying with hope. That emotional investment should not be forgotten. And reaching a consensus of 250 of around 270, that’s a very significant majority. It was a solution that went to the root cause of the issue, to structural powerlessness.” — Thomas Mayor
Contributions to this edition of Kudlilla Recommendations by Kristin, Kiah, Natalie and Dearna from the MOD. team.