A librarian at Northern Arizona University is collaborating with an Australian University to develop guidelines on "culturally sensitive" material. I told her she needs to see your site. Find attached some recent notes which the Hopi who took us there wouldn't find sensitive but some curators of Hopi culture might.
I've lost the Flight of the Ducks. Do you have it archived at a new site?
I came across your website when I was looking up information about Jack Idriess. I have a hardcover copy of Lasseters Last Ride published in 1936.
I am in possession of the book through my father. When he was a boy in Canada, he'd read the book prior to running away from home in the 30's, and stowed away on a ship to Australia where he worked as a prospector, then joined the Australian army when the war broke out. After the war, he eventually returning to Vancouver Canada where he became a successful lawyer, and is now retired and living outside the city.
Oddly enough, before he'd embarked on his journey to Australia that seemed so partly inspired by Idriess' book, he gave the book to a boyhood friend and did not see it for 50 years, until that same friend tracked him down in 1986 and gave the book back to him that he'd been given so many years before. The man had become an architect in Chicago, and returned to Canada for a visit and had gone to considerable effort to track him down and return it...
My father travelled a heck of a lot in his youth, and growing up his travels loomed large as legend within the family history, and partly compelled me to go out and see the world in my own way. Not in any war, but my own vein of gold in music. I am a 30 year old musician who has performed in a variety of countries, and currently playing in a celtic fast-folk group called The Town Pants. (Visit http://www.thetownpants.com)
The book itself has done its share of travels. Now this book is in my possesion and I can't help but think that the weight of the book cannot contain the weight that its had on the previous generation of my family. Its more than a text. Idriess in a way could never of known the subtle impact of the little bound tome has had on my family in particular. Perhaps I'm being melodramatic. But had my father never read the book at such an impressionable age, and not gone out to the Australian outback to seek his own fame and fortune, perhaps I down the line might have chosen a different path as well...
Maybe I'll write a song about it. It feels like this getting passed on seems like good subject matter. Great thing, beer.
Congratulations on your site. I thought I would pass along my story as you are an enthusiast of Idriess' writings, you might find it interesting. And perhaps my story in a way might mirror your own relationship with your fathers adventure, in a roundabout way.
What can you tell me about Algebuckna, the bridge and the surrounding country, Nearby cattle stations, etc.
Nice to meet ya, my name is Katsuhiko, from Japan. I looked up your page on the Internet, and I want you to do me a favour. I've got an assignment to research the positive and negative effects on our lives. And I decided to work on matters in Australia, the Aboriginal people in particular, because I 'd been there for one year as my studies, so it feels sorta close issue to me. For this reason, could you do me a favour? I would like to receive some information about how technology affects on traditional Aboriginal way of life?? I hope to hear from you very soon.
Thank you for your time.
Hi, do you have any websites for the history of kooris in victoria? Im doing an essay and its dues tomorrow!
I wrote to you a couple of days ago about Lasseters diary. I read your credentials and background on the Internet and we seem to be in vaguely related fields (extremely vaguely related) I am a computer programmer and on the side I do some post production computer digital enhancement, virtual set and animation work for a small film company in the US. The company: Black Trout Productions/Prophesy Films based in Reno NV. I am in Sacramento CA. The company is relatively new but formed by very talented individuals from the major companies. They produce mostly historic works for the US Arts and Entertainment TV network.
They asked me if there were any Australian historical events/stories I'd recommend. (I lived in Aussi 25 years) I told them what I knew of Lasseter and his lost gold. To put it in Australian: They went bloody bananas. The story is now on the tentative film schedule pending research. They gave me the research part. That's why I'm writing you. I need recommendations for recourses. I have the following:
Dream Millions, by Fred Blakeley
Lasseter - The Making of a Legend, by Billy Marshall-Stoneking
If we can come up with enough valid material we'll make the film. Screenplay writers extremely interested in putting it together are Colin 'CY' Young and James Burgess. (If you are a fan of watching US film credits you will have seen their names) with me a technical advisor. (I have to tell them were to inset the word 'bloody' and the proper use of the term 'mate') I'm not a stranger to the Australian outback. I spent 3 years touring. I tried to head for the region of the Lasseter legends but got as far as The Alice and my 1958 FC Holden wasn't up to going further.
I was just looking at Lasseters diary on your web sight and was wondering if it has ever been printed out as a text file?
Can you tell me how we can order a copy for our unit of the flight of the ducks on CD Rom please?
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thanks for your reply, I appreciate that. Actually, I am not looking for audio files but written words(or phonetic "spellings") of aboriginal chants or even just some aboriginal sacred words, is this more possible or are all chants secret aswell as sacred?
Are there any web resources which contain aboriginal chants in both English and the native tongue? Jayson Stilwell.
I trust that you are still able to access this e-mail even though it has been some time since the project was officially completed. If you still have access I would like to direct some questions your way regarding any 'official' Aboriginal responses you may have had received in response to your questions. I am writting up a thesis proposal which addresses Aboriginal (North American-Canadian) peoples input into the consequences of past and current institutional processes of the collection, conservation and presentation of their artifacts. Your project 'Blinding the Duck' touches upon some of the same problems that I will be dealing with in my work. I thought that you might be willing to share some of the responses you (finally) received from the Walpiri representatives regarding their reasons for being displeased.
On another note, even here - in Canada, we are treading on very thin ice when we broach a topic that deals with Aboriginal peoples, their beliefs and rights, and so I can most definately appreciate the problems you encountered and I must commend you on your resilience in the matter. An innovative and morphic site, one that truly does reflect the nature of an oral society and its discourse.
Finally, I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer this request.
Very glad to hear from you! Yes, I came across your Flight of Ducks and decided to contact you. I'm going to cut-and-paste portions of my proposal here to give you a better picture:
...Archives, as repositories of primary sources, are seeking new ways of opening up their holdings for research with the increasing demand for instant and uninterrupted access from a new group of Internet savvy users. Undoubtedly, national archival institutions are changing mindsets and re-engineering the way information is delivered....
...One of the two objectives of this study is to assess present methods and systems in place to provide access to archival materials held by the National Archives of Singapore (NAS). ...
...The second objective of this research is to prototype an access system that takes into consideration firstly, the data gathered by the preliminary user study and secondly, the way Singapore history is consumed. Generally, the history of Singapore is presented as a monumental struggle against overwhelming odds and achieving prosperity in a remarkably short time.
...Against this background, the story and journey metaphors figure prominently in Singapore public history, the latter to a smaller extent. ...Finally, the Singapore public seem to appreciate historical narratives that are pictorial and/or biographical. ...
...the study is seeking to experiment with narrative structures to create a new mode of interaction and access between users and the archival materials. The new structure will be the web-based pictorial narrative. Through this pictorial narrative, "multi-form stories" or "a single plot line in multiple versions", are created (Murray, 1997). The proposed prototype will resemble closely the "The Experience Music Project". This is an excellent example of how users can discover the breadth and depth of a digital collection in a way that traditional, curated exhibits might not permit.
...a prototype based on web-based pictorial narrative will be tested. This is a new area in archival informatics, in that a popularly accessed type of archival material (in this case the archival photos) is used to expose greater portions of the archival holdings....
...The theoretical contribution to archival science will be to bring about an understanding of how (or what sort of) narrative/rhetorical structures help/hinder in thematically-conceived online pictorial exhibitions....
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