Profile: Kerry Arabena

Profile: Kerry ArabenaLast week, Kerry Arabena graduated with a doctorate in human ecology from ANU, two months after being appointed the co-chairwoman of the new National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.

Arabena, 42, who is a descendant from the Torres Strait's Meriam people (with some German and Spanish heritage thrown into the mix), is thrilled that her personal success may inspire others.

Port Macquarie chosen to host major Aboriginal cultural festival

Port Macquarie chosen to host major Aboriginal cultural festivalPort Macquarie's infrastructure, capacity to support large crowds, and it's appeal to tourists are the reasons it has been chosen to host a major Aboriginal cultural festival.

The town will stage the Australia Day Saltwater Freshwater Festival, which was held for the first time this year at Coffs Harbour.

Medicine wheel event in Whittier reintroduces centuries-old spiritual tradition

Medicine wheel event in Whittier reintroduces centuries-old spiritual traditionWHITTIER — In Native American culture, medicine does not come from a pharmacy. Instead, medicine can be anything that promotes balance in one's life and the lives of others, said Jacquelyn Dobrinska, Venus Rising Institute outreach coordinator.

“In Western culture, medicine is about getting to the store, purchasing the prescription we need and then getting better as we take it,” she said. “In Native American culture, it is all about bringing harmony back into our lives.”

Past and present military warriors honored

Past and present military warriors honoredCROW AGENCY, Mont. – When the “Native Words, Native Warriors” display came to the Crow Indian Reservation in time for the annual Crow Native Days that coincide with the Battle of the Little Bighorn anniversary, tribal secretary Scott Russell was given the task of honoring not only the various tribes and code talkers of the World War II display, but the Crow Nation’s own plethora of veterans and active military personnel.

Students take an Idyllwild summer class to learn Native American food preparation

Students take an Idyllwild summer class to learn Native American food preparation Some students came to learn more about Native American foods and others saw an opportunity to learn what they might be able to cook from the native plants growing in their backyards at a recent Native Plants for Food and Medicine class at Idyllwild Arts summer program.

"You're going to take all this and keep it going," instructor Lorene Sisquoc, of Riverside, told the students as they shared their thoughts about the weekend workshop earlier this month and gave thanks to the Creator for the native food feast they prepared.