Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

The only museum outside Australia dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, featuring a collection of more than 2000 objects. Changing exhibitions of artworks from contemporary artists and the permanent collection. Free and open to the public.
β€” Read on kluge-ruhe.org/


Aboriginal youth are 5 times more likely to commit suicide. One community Yulga Jinna, is bucking that trend.

Aboriginal youth are 5 times more likely to commit suicide. One community Yulga Jinna, is bucking that trend.

Statistics about Indigenous youth suicide are startling, with young Aboriginal people five times more likely to take their own lives than non-Aboriginal people. At this self-managed community more than 900 kilometres north of Perth, with 72 residents and a school that enrols children from kindergarten to Year 10, there have been no suicides since it was established in 1992. It is using music and song to engage young Aboriginal people at risk.

With so many negative stories going around about youth suicide, especially among our Indigenous youth, it’s great to see the positive work being done in the small remote community of Yulga Jinna.

The community is over 900 kilometres North of Perth and the school there serves children from Kindergarten to Year 10. Teachers at the school use music to engage the students and deal with mental health issues.

Since the school was established in 1992, they have recorded no suicides at all. Children are encouraged to talk through their music and have produced a song which they wrote themselves called Yulga Jinna Kid (available for viewing on YouTube).

Art in all of its many forms can be a great release, so much so that most psychiatric clinics and hospitals offer Art Therapy classes as part of their healing models. Writing literature, drawing, painting, sculpting, woodwork, metal work, pottery, singing, listening to or playing music, dancing, drama, craft endeavours and so forth all provide a relaxing release from the tension that trauma of any kind can cause as well as allowing self expression. One could even view gardening and decorating/renovations as a form of art – equally satisfying, healing and offering release from the stresses of life.

FACAA use music, drum and bass, dance, percussion, belly dancing to help survivors of child abuse overcome their ordeals. We do this to break the cycle of child abuse one survivor at a time. The awesome people at Yulga Jinna use similar programs to stop young people in their community. Well done Yulga Jinna.

You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to enjoy it. If you have never tried any form of art or craft before and you sometimes struggle with your own mental health, there is no better time than the present to experiment and see what fits you. You never know, you may just uncover a hidden talent within yourself along the way. (GE)

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Art ~ Australian Aboriginal Historical

Ars longa, vita brevis (Art is long, life is short)
From the Aphorismi by Hippocrates.

Wandjina Rock Art, Kimberly region, Australia
Wandjina are the spirits of creation in Aboriginal mythology.
This is the world’s oldest unbroken spiritual art tradition dating back to around 15,000 – 17,000 yrs, possibly more (some suggest 50,000 years).

Film REVIEW Ned Kelly Australian Bushranger.

Two very different Neds both written by the same man. The screenplay for Ned Kelly (1970) and The Last Outlaw (1980) were both written by Ian Jones (the former reworked by director Tony Richardson, the latter co-written with his wife Bronwyn Binns), perhaps the most important Kelly historian ever. Jones’ contributions to keeping the story alive are incomparable and even though these two products vary wildly from each other, to date a more accurate telling is yet to be made.



That is correct. Good comment. My Grandfather, Father, were Police Officer’s arresting officer’s of the Kelly Gang

. All the records were donated the Police Acdemany Mount Waverly Victoria. The documents were very different to to folk lore. 😁 Australia Bush rangers were far between. No comment! I LOVE TO SEE THE MOVIES, romanticized as we have little history like other countries. The story about One NATIONS PEOPLE unfortunately is the true Australian Story of excellence 60 000 + years of the most incredible History. Researches are working very hard tracing Australian ABORIGINAL as the oldest race on earth.




Un ~ Lawful Genocide of Indigenous Australia.

Indigenous Anzac POW recognised after discovery of antique photo album – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Until recently, the final resting place of Indigenous soldier and WWI prisoner of war Robert George Garner was an unmarked section of grass in an unassuming corner of Sydney’s Rookwood Cemetery.
β€” Read on www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-25/century-old-photo-sparks-recognition-of-anzac-pow-unmarked-grave/11029028