There was a great story on the 7:30 report last night. It broke all the rules, in a good way. It was a story on the bilbies on Anangu land and a group of painters who had a successful exhibition in Sydney and Melbourne.
They used words from Pitjantjatjara in the story, and they were some approximation of correct stress and phonemes. They interviewed the painters themselves, not just the white person who runs the arts centre (Ninuku). They had an aboriginal person doing most of the voice-overs. The story acknowledged the group by name; they weren’t just ‘aboriginal’ stories.
It was a really positive story, and a very nice change from the relentless negativity of the general media.
But the other reason I am blogging about this was a really nice quote from one of the artists. She was talking about Kalka community and the country that she’d painted. She said “this is our place; we belong to it”, not ‘it belongs to us’. It’s something that resonates with the way that I’ve heard other aboriginal people talk about land ownership and belonging to country.