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Bunjil, ochre on stone, by Sylvan Oats, age 8

Bunjil and Waa

(Bunjil painting in ochre, by Sylvan, 9 years old, on stone clapstick) I stood in a small circle in the centre with the Dreaming team. Hundreds of black ducks, water rats, rainbow lorikeets and pobblebonk frogs were perched around us on the grassy clearing by the creek. Hand-made costumes clad the child performers, who were …

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Magic and Metaphor

A chapter from my PhD… A Structure of Feeling ‘Metaphor is a type of thinking and expression towards wholes as things. The word comes from the Greek ‘to carry across,’ and in metaphor one set of patterns is, as it were, carried across to another set in the mind, and in a way that safeguards …

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The boy and the seal

Sometimes you really want to show everybody what you’ve seen. And Elan really wanted me to put a story about him on my website. Perfect match. My nephew really loves dogs. He can’t have a dog. He tells stories of the neighbourhood dogs and how they love him (love being the favourite topic of this …

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Shadow Projection, Heart Wisdom and Acknowledgement of Country 

Jung Society Lecture May 2021 How to begin opening such a large, complex, mysterious subject, one that also, inevitably and necessarily, touches on the vast pain of Australia’s brutal occupation of Aboriginal lands. Well, we know how to begin. Thousands of events all over the country will be beginning tonight in a similar way to …

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