TV helps Aboriginal language revival

TV helps Aboriginal language revivalHere's a statistic I find pretty sobering: of more than 200 Indigenous languages spoken on the Australian continent before European settlement, fewer than 20 are still in daily use, and even these are endangered.

Once a people's language dies out, a vital part of their culture and identity is lost forever. That's why it's great to hear about Waabiny Time, a new show on the National Indigenous Television channel, which aims to get kids started with learning and using the Noongar language of south-west Western Australia.

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Marin painter of Native American ancestry helps street painting festival celebrate planet's four ele

Marin painter of Native American ancestry helps street painting festival celebrate planetFOR THE FIRST TIME in the 17-year history of the annual Youth In Arts Italian Street Painting Festival, the featured artists will be working together to create one giant image of the planet's four elements - earth, fire, water and air.

"Visitors will actually be walking around the earth," joked Laurie Vermont, festival director.

Whereas in the past the featured artists worked on separate images unrelated to each other, this year they all will be united in creating a circular 24-by-24-foot image inspired by the festival theme, "Bella Terra" - "beautiful earth."

Pagan Burial Altar Found in Israel

 Pagan Burial Altar Found in IsraelA 2,000-year-old altar where wealthy pagans worshiped has been unearthed in an Israeli cemetery, archaeologists say.

The 24-inch-high (60-centimeter-high) granite structure—adorned with carvings of three bull heads, ribbons, and laurel wreaths—was found May 17 during salvage excavations for a new hospital emergency room in the southern city of Ashqelon (see map).

One of the oldest port cities in the Holy Land, Ashqelon may have been inhabited as early as the Neolithic period, which began around 9,500 B.C.

Aboriginal artists in Sunnyfield project

Aboriginal artists in Sunnyfield projectABORIGINAL art is helping to raise the confidence and self-esteem of intellectually disabled people on the northern beaches.

Non-profit organisation Sunnyfield has just concluded a five-week pilot program at its Frenchs Forest site that brought in Aboriginal artists to work with the people it supports.

Soccer-World-Witch-doctors put the magic in African team spirit

Soccer-World-Witch-doctors put the magic in African team spiritBuzz Up!

If Sebenzile Nsukwini's bones are anything to go by, the World Cup is going to pass off without a hitch and hosts South Africa are destined for great things.

"Eish, it is looking very good for South Africa," the 33-year-old Zulu witch-doctor said after casting her eyes over a seemingly random scattering of animal bones and sea shells during a seance in downtown Johannesburg.

"Look, the trouble is far, far away. No bombs," she added, pointing to a polished and highly decorated knuckle-bone lying apart from the mass of trinkets strewn across the concrete floor in the corner of a dingy bus station.