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Indigenous Australians have interpreted objects and shapes in the night sky for tens of thousands of years. Whether they were the world’s first astronomers remains open to debate, but there’s a strong possibility that indeed they were. In Australia, the evidence suggests early Aboriginal people observed the stars and composed stories handed down by their […]

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This is the remarkable story of my great-grandparents, Goolam Badoola and Marium Martin. Goolam was born around 1860 to a poor Muslim family in Baluchistan, then under British rule, and now part of Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was raised there and worked with camels from a young age.  The British sought cameleers to work […]

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Remote Aboriginal communities are alive and well and continue to proudly practice their ancient culture, despite what some politicians may say. NIT was recently invited to witness a rarely-seen ceremony in the Kimberley. Under Muludja’s main water tower, which leans over ceremonial grounds a stone’s throw from Margaret River near Fitzroy Crossing, about 50 men, […]

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