Sophisticated traditional Tasmanian Indigenous culture


Book reviews: Hidden in Plain View, Dark Emu, Vandemonian War

 

ON SITE: University of Melbourne researchers prepare to take a soil sediment core under rainforest at Dairmaid Plain, Surrey Hills. Picture: Supplied

The study involved drilling deep into the ground at Surrey Hills to see how the landscape had changed over time.

 

After dating and analysing the core, the researchers found grass, eucalyptus and charcoal were abundant in older soils but disappeared after the arrival of Europeans and were replaced by rainforest.

This new evidence corroborates much of what Bruce Pascoe has discovered in his researches, published in his book Dark Emu.

 

“In light of this new evidence we should re-evaluate the legacy of early white surveyors like Henry Hellyer whose glowing reports of the Surrey and Hampshire Hill being like an English park were later condemned as inaccurate and romantic,” he said.

“Some historians believe this criticism was partly responsible for Hellyer suiciding in 1832, but according to the new research Hellyer was spot on and accurately described what he found.”

https://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/6754779/study-has-profound-implications-for-tasmanian-history/?cs=12&fbclid=IwAR1qV9F7uIeDbC8eMcxCgZCWdMYGDDOL-c1Sgl50uSat02becHm07u7i6Co

 

Australia visible from Timor 60,000 years ago


Indonesia’s National Centre for Archaeology, have now begun the search on Rote and West Timor for the earliest evidence of the region’s first human maritime explorers, the likely ancestors of the First Australians.

https://theconversation.com/island-hopping-study-shows-the-most-likely-route-the-first-people-took-to-australia-93120

 

65,000 year old Master Chef !


Plant foods eaten at Madjedbebe included fruits and nuts, underground storage organs, pandanus kernels and palm. Top left: man-dudjmi or green plum; top right: man-mobban or billygoat plum; middle: May Nango and Djaykuk Djandjomerr removing the palm heart from a man-marrabbi or sand palm; bottom left: drupes of the man-belk or pandanus tree; bottom right: karrbarda or long yam. Photos reproduced with permission of Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation. Elspeth Hayes/S. Anna FlorinAuthor provided

“the man-kindjek or cheeky yam, needed to be cooked, leached and/or pounded before being eaten. Some of these preparation techniques can take up to several days.”

https://theconversation.com/65-000-year-old-plant-remains-show-the-earliest-australians-spent-plenty-of-time-cooking-131761?fbclid=IwAR04Wlb_3Ns5iftc2VXK_Zu0HDKTPlmlVnS8ZNCbK5I7DQTbkhOzWEEsE8Q

 

Australia’s Stonehenge near Mullimbiby


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.
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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.

Dancers and Drummers Wanted !


We are a group of like minded folk planning a trip to Tunisia, Sicily, Malta, Sardinia, Corsica and back through France between September – October 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.

If you share our interest in language, culture and the arts and you have a few weeks to spare around August / September 2019 why not view the Booking Options and join us for all or part of the adventure; It would be amazing to have you  along !!

At between GBP9-GBP20 per day per person* all up this is the cheapest way you will ever get to see Europe and Africa and make lifelong friendships with an amazing group of people. Just compare 20 nights travelling  in a Landrover with us to 7 nights in Benidorm– which would you choose ?

Whilst most nights we will be Wild Camping, stopovers in major cities are planned to sample the night life, and swap crews as people fly in and out:

  • Paris
  • Geneva
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Tunis
  • Palermo
  • Cagliari
  • Ajaccio
  • Nice
  • St Remy-en-Provence
  • Limoges
  • Rennes

*Cost per day depends on where you join us – the biggest costs are the Car Ferries.

Here are a couple of the most affordable legs available starting from just GBP8.90 per day !

Tunisia Tailor Your Trip

Please let me know if you have any questions or new ideas to add to the plan!

Read On – it gets more interesting….

36 Hairpin Bends near Briancon last year – 33 of which needed 3 point turns ! Oh that wonderful Defender turning circle !

Black Forest

The group includes Dancers, Musicians, Cooks and The World’s Fastest Drummer (2015 Champion!)
This is a non-profit adventure. Our objective is to interact as much as possible with the local people, animals and scenery that we will encounter.

Approximate Cost Per person GBP9 – 20 per day *assume split costs by 5 in each Land Rover

Approximate costs include :
  • All camping equipment including tents and sleeping bags
  • Fuel
  • Ferries
  • Food Kitty
    • each night we will shop locally for fresh food from farmer’s markets and prepare a well-earned feast for the crew, cooked lovingly over an open fire – volunteer cooks welcome !
    • Kitty includes 3EUR/day wine/beer allowance, discounted if you don’t drink !
  • Wild Camping
    • we will normally find a remote campsite each night either deep in a forest, by a lake or high in the mountains
  • Free Dance and Drum Lessons
  • Drone footage and a chance to fly the Expedition Drone
  • Campsites
    • every 5 nights for showers and battery charging
    • normally we will wild camp, but if we are in a City we will find the closest campsite to the centre
  • Free 4G Wi-Fi and full 240v charging facilities for laptops
  • PLUS your name (and your dancing!) on the credits of the video at the end

All you need to bring are clothes, cameras and toiletries !

Can’t join for the whole trip ? 

We understand that most people cannot take 6 weeks holiday so why not organise regional flights  to join us for a week or two ?
(see Regional Airports map below).
Flights are extra (unless you join us for the while trip) but here are some indicative flight costs from Kiwi around that period :
London to :
Rome GBP25
Palermo (Sicily) GBP45
Cagilari (Corsica) GBP50
Malta GBP52
Palermo flights

The attached spreadsheet is the main planning tool where you can play with dates and vehicle types (it only seems to work if you download it as Excel).

Go to the Sheet called “Summary” and there are 2 options :

a/ Enter the Dates you can join us

This will tell you roughly where we will be on that day and you can organise regional flights  to join us (see Regional Airports map below)

OR

b/ Select your preferred start and end towns from the pulldown list

This will tell you roughly which day we will be in that location and you can organise regional flights  to join us. (see Regional Airports map below)

Options include #of people and vehicle type.
There are a few projects planned by various parties on the “Expedition”, which we are still trying to crystallise into a plan!
In no particular order :

– Statue Posing

– Trying to visit as many Megalithic Sites as possible, experimenting with the  Expedition Drone :

 

– Learning as many local dance types and languages as we can along the way, and making a short music video maybe ? similar to this one made by our friends Dirk and Bettina and inspired by the African scenery and music

Raising funds for some direct action charities in the countries we will be visiting

PS: If you can’t make this trip why not join us one of our other planned adventures :
August 2020 : 70 Countries ! yes that’s every country West of the Urals except Vatican City plus Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco .

 

 

South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe


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: nigelatoxic@gmail.com 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….

south-africa-4x4-land-rover-110-defender-puma

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 :
  • Vehicle Hire
  • all camping equipment
  • Fuel
  • Border Fees
  • Food Kitty
  • Wild Camping
  • Campsites every 3 nights for showers and battery charging
  • PLUS your name (and your dancing!) on the credits of the video at the end

 

Countries Visited

GBP

EUR

USD

AUD

Kalahari (10 days)
Joburg, Botswana, Namibia, Kalahari, Pretoria, Joburg  £    300  €     344  $          404  AUD     532
PART 1 (15 days)
Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakenburgs, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kruger NP, Joburg  £    530  €     608  $          714  AUD     939
FULL TRIP (36 days)
Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakenburgs, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kruger NP, Joburg, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls), Kalahari, Pretoria, Joburg
 £ 1,000  €  1,148  $       1,347  AUD  1,772

All you need to bring are clothes, cameras and toiletries !

Flights are extra, but here are some indicative return flight costs from Kiwi around that period :
Flights
CNS via DPS  £  1,155
CNS-CPT  £  1,309
CNS-DPS  £     301
CNS-JNB  £  1,354
DPS-CPT  £     895
DPS-JNB  £     854
LON via PAR  £     493
LON-CPT  £     611
LON-JNB  £     552
LON-Par  £       76
PAR-CPT  £     450
PAR-JNB  £     417

Can’t join for the whole trip ? 

The attached spreadsheet is the main planning tool where you can play with dates and vehicle types (it only seems to work if you download it as Excel).

Go to the Sheet called “Summary” and there are 2 options :

a/ Enter the Dates you plan to arrive and leave South Africa

This will tell you roughly where we will be on that day and you can organise regional flights from/to CPT or JNB to join us (see Regional Airports map below)

OR

b/ Select your preferred start and end towns from the pulldown list

This will tell you roughly which day we will be in that location and you can organise regional flights from/to CPT or JNB to join us. (see Regional Airports map below)

aregional
Options include #of people and vehicle type (the Landy is more expensive but carries up to 7 people).
Dates are not yet fixed in stone but I will be there from mid December to mid January, others will be joining and leaving at various stages.
There are a few projects planned by various parties on the “Expedition”, which we are still trying to crystallise into a plan!
In no particular order :

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– Exploring the advanced ancient civilisations of South Africa and sound resonance technologies and hoping to meet up with Michael Tellinger

– Trying to visit as many safari parks as possible, experimenting with the Expedition Drone to find wild animals

– Learning as many local dance types and languages as we can along the way, and making a South African A -Z of African Dance video

– Creating a short music video maybe ? similar to this one made by our friends Dirk and Bettina and inspired by the African scenery and music

Raising funds for some direct action charities in the countries we will be visiting

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Africa Trip Part I

Africa Trip Part 2

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Countries Visited
Days
Cost/day
#Countries
Start
Start date
End
End Date
FULL TRIP (36 days)
Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakenburgs, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kruger NP, Joburg, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls), Kalahari, Pretoria, Joburg
36
 £        28
8
Cape Town
18/12/2018
JoBurg
22/01/2019
PART 1 (15 days)
Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakenburgs, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kruger NP, Joburg
17
 £        32
4
Cape Town
18/12/2018
JoBurg
3/01/2019
PART 2 (20 days)
Joburg, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls), Kalahari, Pretoria, Joburg
20
 £        30
5
JoBurg
3/01/2019
JoBurg
22/01/2019
PS: If you can’t make this trip why not join us one of our future planned adventures :
May 2019 – France, Andorra, Spain, Portugal
August 2019 : Italy, Sicily, Malta, Sardinia, Corsica
August 2020 : 70 Countries ! yes that’s every country West of the Urals except Vatican City plus Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco .

 

 

5 Superhuman abilities of Indigenous people


cleverman superhuman traits abilities indigenous people

You’ve probably heard that Indigenous people have some of the oldest living cultures on earth… This didn’t happen by accident. Superhuman traits have seen them live successfully through ice ages, adapt to tropical, polar, coastal, arid, desert & even alpine regions.

Here are 5 superhuman abilities that many indigenous folk are still blessed with today.

 

mayi wunba ‘owning kuranda’ at naidoc march kuranda 2017


mayi wunba, local dancers from kuranda/monamona community, brought home the shield as highest points winners at laura dance festival 2017, and ‘owning the town’ here as they lead the naidoc march from nyuwarri park to the kuranda amphitheatre…to the sounds of ‘black yellow red’ by bertie riley and gudju gudju…