Brothers in The Cause … though in our different ways and paths, we grew to respect each other in a way that is more often felt, not spoken. Many times during many years, crossing-over, passing-by, and then often joining on common ground. (Sadly one of my comrades passed recently . I was honoured to have invited him & wife as my guests to this particular event in 2018).
The melding/blending of cultural “traditions” seems to be the way of humans across the world and throughout the history of “contact” or “conquest”. An inevitability… like the “westernisation” of 1st nations people more recently… the “Koori law” as noted by a Sydney born/raised “elder” from Redfern called it, is not the same as “you mob in the west & NT who still have your traditional ways/practices and Lore”. so-called Aboriginal “urban culture” blends hip-hop, rap, other “people’s” instruments , styles, speech, musical form, art (eg. graffiti art) in contemporary music/artistry under the term Aboriginal music/artists, yet apparently want to “claim” traditional ownership of certain “instruments/art forms”, whilst living within the acculturation process as such? Hmm …
In 2017 the Anangu Tribal Elders asked for the name of Uluru Statement from the Heart to be changed. The Referendum Council and other government bodies that cooked-up the statement never asked for permission to have the convention at Yalara (near Uluru) or to use the Uluru name on the statement and the Council have turned their backs on the request to remove it.
So much for the statement really respecting culture! Aunty Alison Hunt, Desert Leader was asked to speak on behalf of the Anangu mob.
DJ (12 July 20200)