Series of articles by Christine Nicholls

We’re going to feature some articles on this page by Dr Christine Nicholls, a wonderful scholar and advocate for the protection of Aboriginal culture. The Kurdiji 1.0 project is lucky to have Christine on our advisory board.

Christine spent years living among the Warlpiri in Lajamanu, she speaks fluent Warlpiri language, and was an expert witness in the Royal Commission into the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Christine has written some incredible books on Australian languages, on Aboriginal art, and on Ceremony, Story and History. If you’re interested, you should check out her Austlit page for a list of publications:

In this first article Christine introduces us to the idea of Jukurrpa, the Dreaming, and what that means for indigenous Australians.

This is the second of Christine Nicholl’s series of articles in The Conversation. Here she talks about the Jukurrpa, which westerners call “The Dreaming”. Christine traces the origin of the western understanding of “Dreaming” and sheds light on the indigenous meaning.

This is the third of the featured articles by our friend Christine Nicholls, part of The Conversation’s “Dreamtime” series. These articles are a great introduction for anyone wishing to discover the depth and beauty of Australian Aboriginal philosophy and cosmology.

This is the fourth article on the Jukurrpa (Dreaming) by our own Christine Judith Nicholl. This is one of our favourites as she speaks about the Yilpinji, or love magic, painted by Lajamanu’s Lily Nungarrayi Hargreaves. We’ve shown a number of photographs of Lily on this page, painting in the arts centre or singing to Catfish Waterhole, which she refers to as “her mother”.

This fifth article by Christine Nicholls provides an overview of the various monsters and evil entities of Aboriginal Australia. Part of the rich tapestry of story that defines country and the beings that have arisen from it.

This last article by Christine Nicholls, for The Conversation’s “Dreamtime” series, examines the question of who owns Dreaming stories – and how that ownership translates into responsibility for country, for kinship, and for the intergenerational transmission of culture. Kurdiji 1.0 is incredibly lucky to have Christine on our advisory board.

Have you ever wondered why the best AFL players are Aboriginal? Well in this article Christine Nicholls argues it’s partly due to traditional indigenous mathematics! She traces the Aboriginal history of football from its first original through to recent successes on the field. Aboriginal AFL players have become great role models for young people in the communities. Just one more way that culture makes us strong!

 

 


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