what can you tell me about ducks flying through IOWA
Sorry mate - nothing.
`The Flight of Ducks'
is an Australian on-line documentary
about a camel expedition into Central Australia in 1933.
The reference to ducks is a reference to an Aboriginal song
about flying ducks.
Regards Simon Pockley
Thank you for your thoughtful questions. Just a few quick replies by way of response. I may think of more later.Has this significant shift in power changed your perception of the politics of representation (re Aboriginal people) in Australia at all?
Yes - definitely and it worries me. I believe that what we are seeing with `One Nation' is a very sophisticated use of media to achieve the kind of free advertising and political exposure most political parties would die for. I think it was Noam Chomsky who first drew attention to the fact that electronic media can only support the status quo. Outrage and vilification are inherent outcomes when you prod these paradigms. That they are being actively and consciously used to promote public exposure is clever. The use of the sound bite and the slogan - even more subtle.
In many ways the concept of an Aboriginal Nation (within Australia) has everything to gain and little to lose by the public rejection of `One Nation'. When One Nation is rejected - we arrive at Two Nations. This is certainly something advocated by some pan-Aboriginal interests. I might be a bit close to apartheid to be comfortable. No doubt these tensions will emerge as the NT becomes a State. In reality we are probaly heading more towards the corporate state - McNationSoft.
I'm sorry but there is nothing simple or `bite-like' that I want to say about issues to do with Aboriginal representation. I've explored most of what I want to say in my little evolving essay called `Blinding the Duck':
The site specific censorship of `The Flight of Ducks' has now been lifted and it is now `Ethically Approved'. Actually, it was never under Aboriginal attack. It was attacked by non-aboriginal people who saw themselves as guardians of our cultural memory. They thought they had uncovered another Hindmarsh Island.
What I find very interesting is that material with (Aboriginal) intercultural content not generated by Aborigines is being left out or ignored primarily because it is considered too difficult to handle. There is a new form of invisibility sweeping the land - a one sided intercultural statement. I guess this is fair - considering our history.
But then what is our history? and what is cultural memory?
I feel most threatened by the mindset of people (of good will) who will not let the Pauline Hansons speak rather than by what anyone actually says.
in terms of modifying it - I wonder what you could do ?
All I can think to do is to keep telling the story and be as responsive as possible. Promoting and provoking cultural memories not cultural amnesia.
Sorry, this is rambling but I'm a bit of a slow thinker. If I wake up in the middle of the night with something a bit more incisive you'll get a better reponse.
Thanks for your reassuring (combat zone) message.
We don't require abstracts until 9 October
Whenever I have been involved in committees or working groups and a project involving Aboriginal subject matter or participation is suggested, it is invariably rejected. This is not because of any lack of good will but because it is considered to be too hard.
I have in mind a short paper about the way Aborigines are again being made invisible by this process. I could talk about `The Flight of Ducks' experience and university censorship. What do you think?
I have been reading John Hobson's essays about aboriginal participation in webcommunities
Sounds interesting, where would I find these?
Thank you for your kind invitation. I would be very interested to hear your speakers - especially any Aboriginal speakers. Although any theme with the word `post' in it often makes me think I won't understand a word of what anyone is saying - unless it is about fences. I'm now very defensive about being presented at conferences as offensive. It took me weeks to recover from the affront my talk appeared to cause when I spoke at the Cultural Crossroads conference in Sydney last year - but I guess I'm a glutton for punishment.
Do you mind if I think for a few days about sticking my head up again?
Will I have to pay to get in?
Could I send you a flier by post?
Thank you, my address is 60 Bridge Street Northcote Vic 3070.
Kind regards Simon Pockley
desperately in need of information of lewis harold bell lassiter i can only find one paragraph are you able to help. p.s this is for a school project
You should have a look at `Lasseter's Last Ride' by Ian Idriess
Some of his diary can be found at:
Other references are at:
I hope these help
Regards Simon Pockley
1. A thumbnail index of Surrogate Photographs taken in 1933 can be found behind [Press Proceed}:
2. Details of Aboriginal faces extracted from these begin at:http://www.duckdigital.net/FOD/FOD0360.html
3. A paper about some of the issues concerning Aboriginal representation [on-line] can be found at:
4. For inforamtion about the use of these images see metadata or:
5. The museums of Victoria & South Australia have a large collections and you should also contact AIATSIS and The Strehlow Research Foundation.
Hope this helps. Can you tell me more about what you are doing and why?
All the best - and good luck with your project.
Regards Simon Pockley