The Federal Government said it had recently allocated $500,000 over two years to improve Indigenous heritage protection and Indigenous involvement in the the decision-making process over the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
This compares to $48.7 million committed in 2018 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Cook, or the $500 million put aside in February to redevelop of the Australian War Memorial.
Meanwhile the oldest human remains ever found in Australia, dating back to at least 42,000 years old are being secretly hidden with no consultation from the traditional owners of the land.
But there are fears that history could soon be reburied and lost forever, with a NSW government proposal to rebury the 108 remains in secret, unmarked graves across 26 sites in the World Heritage Listed area.
We know it is more than 60,000 years since the first people entered the continent of Sahul—the giant landmass that connected New Guinea, Australia and Tasmania when sea levels were lower than today.
But where the earliest people moved across the landscape, how fast they moved, and how many were involved, have been shrouded in mystery.
Our latest research, published today shows the establishment of populations in every part of this giant continent could have occurred in as little as 5,000 years. And the entire population of Sahul could have been as high as 6.4 million people.
What made Mullumbimby special was the rumour that it was built upon what was long ago a worldwide headquarters of stone circles. Today, the large number of remaining, disturbed standing stones possibly point to the existence of a world-wide centre of learning in the distant past.
The great number of stones point to the existence of a now destroyed, mega-structure. The Stone Age equivalent of Egypt’s the Library of Alexandria.
It conceivably operated for well over a hundred thousand years and functioned as a centralised theroracratic academia from the beginning of the Pleistocene glaciation until the European invasion when it was scattered and its people driven away or killed.
We are a group of like minded folk planning a trip to South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe between December 2018 – January 2019.
One of our projects is to create a short dance video to include all of the local dance types and language groups we will be meeting (and trying to learn !) along the way; a South African version of this Senegalese A -Z of African Dance.
If you share our interest in language, culture and the arts and you have a few weeks to spare around Xmas / New Year why not fill in the form at the bottom of this page for more details or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and join us for all or part of the adventure; It would be amazing to have you along !!
Many of you have said you cannot get to South Africa over the Christmas period as you have prior commitments with family and friends so we are making the trip flexible so you can join us for all or part of the journey.
At about GBP30 per day per person all up this is the cheapest way you will ever get to see Africa and make lifelong friendships with an amazing group of people. Just compare 20 nights travelling Africa in a Landrover with us to 7 nights in Benidorm– which would you choose ?
Please let me know if you have any questions or new ideas to add to the plan!
Read On – it gets more interesting….
This is a non-profit adventure. Our objective is to interact as much as possible with the beautiful African people, animals and scenery that we will encounter.
We will have Dancers, Musicians, Cooks and hopefully a couple of Mechanics on the trip.
Approximate Cost Per person *assume split costs by 7 in each Land Rover
Approximate costs include :
all camping equipment
Campsites every 3 nights for showers and battery charging
PLUS your name (and your dancing!) on the credits of the video at the end
Healing is a sensation that has people selling their possessions, even sucking their parents dry of money. What are some other things that cause people to do this sort of thing?
To be on the inside of any religion, there are some absurd concepts (the earth is only a few thousand years old) we must accept without skepticism. The healing, new-age, global tribe communities of the world have similar notions at their core. First, you must always believe that you are helping and healing people. You must entirely ignore the transactional reality of the services you offer – along with all of the filth that is tied up in the money that changes hands. Having experienced life in a Canadian ‘conscious community’ where no money is ever involved, Ubud seems like a commercialized amusement park for yuppies. And on a lower and subtler level, most members of these tribes also…
DNA research is rapidly coming to the conclusion that maybe not all humans came Out of Africa., and certainly a lot longer ago than the 40-60,000 years previously preached as “historical fact”.
Whether our ‘mystery’ DNA is local or of distant origins, it does seem odd that scientists who have supposedly mapped the entire human genome are still finding traces of a ‘new,’ previously unknown human lineage in our blood.
This is one of the oldest mandala like images in the world, possibly created around 50 000 years ago with the Kimberly Foundation Australia dating project still testing to confirm dates … it is painted in ochre on the ceiling at Cyclone Cave, in the Kimberley, Australia. Robyn Mungulu, senior guide stands here and shares the sacred site.
Image: Colin Murty