A bit for practical understanding

Indigenous Culture Week Course – Australia

# Bush tucker
# Indigenous bush medicine
# History – past and modern Indigenous culture
# Indigenous art appreciation
# Ancient land management
# Dreamtime story telling
# Local flora and fauna Indigenous names and stories
# Importance of Indigenous land management
# 4WD’ing
# Bush walking
# Birding

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UQ Course

Course Profiles, The University of Queensland

One of the most important themes in the course is the diversity of Indigenous societies in Australia, and case examples in lectures are used from many different areas of the Australian continent and islands; taking in remote “outback” social realities and histories as well as urban life and politics. Considered are Aboriginal peoples’ relationships to land, the process of colonisation in Australian society, the role of anthropologists in Aboriginal communities, as well as the work of anthropologists in understanding Indigenous relationships with non-Indigenous Australians. Themes such as kinship, cosmology, material culture, health and gender will be discussed, in addition to concerns such as land rights, effects of government policy, and identity politics. Generic and research skills gained in the course are transferable to social scientific studies of comparable colonial (or ‘post-colonial’) societies internationally.

Course – Aboriginal Australia

UNSW Handbook Course – Aboriginal Australia: The Post-Colonial Experience – ATSI2002

This course examines political and social constructions of contemporary Aboriginal Australia and the processes which have shaped them. Contemporary issues which affect Indigenous Australians, such as health, education, criminal justice, land rights and law, will be examined. The structural position of Aboriginal people within Australian society will be contextualised within the theory that colonialism is an ongoing experience for Aboriginal Australians. It will consider the implications for the future of Aboriginal self-determination and decolonisation in relation to contemporary government initiatives.

This course is exploratory and relies on your willingness to carefully read and think about the material set for discussion. When you read the set material in preparation for tutorials and the essays it is useful to take notes about what you think is being said, how these claims might be related to the themes of the course, and whether or not you find the claims interesting or plausible and why. You will need to maintain a close watch on media reports throughout this course in order to stay informed of current developments in Aboriginal Affairs.

Design and the Indigenous

Its been a few months since my participation in that forum where I got introduced to the Indigenous in design and architecture. My first impulse was to go off and literally consider a ‘design school’ for the indigenous. This is something that Alison Page is championing – so I could join in that effort. I did join the NING network that is about Indigenous craft and Design.

I then thought the area could be the subject of an ARC grant application. This saw me have a chat with Kevin Murray – who was not very thrilled with the idea. And asked some pertinent questions – like have you looked at the published material. I hadn’t.

Many mind maps and jottings later I am at this place where I am exploring the indigenous through texts. I have gone back to Uncanny Australia. And I went to the local library and got some books. Its going to be a textual immersion for now.

Immersion in what: Immersion in the territory of the indigenous in Australia. This is also called Aboriginal australia – which is a different thing entirely.

I am speculating on a course I could teach when I have made some headway through my texts – a course on Design and the Indigenous, or titled exploring Indigenous Australia, or exploring aboriginal australia.

In the next posts I am am going to think aloud (in type) on this blog – about my thoughts on the topic of the structure and for of the course.

If you have any suggestions – Do write in here!!

French Potato Masher

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Discovered in a Paris flea market years ago, we yearned to get our hands on more after guests would covet our personal collection hanging from our kitchen pot rack. After scouring many, many markets and antique auctions throughout France, we finally ran across them once again. Their history is now here at Vintageweave to share with you! As these are quite old, each one is unique and has various cracks and bruises from years of use. We’ll pick a special one just for you ! Length approx 8″.

Potato Masher

Chefs Toolbox Potato Masher

Chefs Toolbox Potato Masher

If you’re kind to potatoes, they’ll be kind to you. Stop pounding. That’s the philosophy behind the Chefs Toolbox’s masher. The ingenious design uses an ergonomic circular rotating action of the palm to mash potatoes, rather then a strenuous pounding action. It’s faster and easier than conventional mashers (50% faster) and creates deliciously soft and fluffy potatoes.

Adjustable Rolling Pin

Adjustable Rolling Pin with 3 Removable Discs to Roll Prepare Even Pastry, Pasta and Pizza Bases
Adjustable Rolling Pin from Joseph Joseph Rolls Pastry, Pizza Dough etc to an Even Thickness
Rolling Pins, Adjustable Rolling Pin, Depth Discs for Perfect Pastry, Pasta, Pizza, Joseph Joseph Kitchen Accessories and Essentials

The fiendishly clever Adjustable Rolling Pin from Joseph Joseph allows you to roll out pastry, pizza dough, pasta or even filo pastry to an even thickness. With 3 pairs of removable discs that raise the rolling pin to 2mm, 6mm or 10mm off your pastry board, the rolling pin’s thickness guides guarantee the most even finish. The rolling pins also have a width measurement guide etched into the wood to take the guesswork out of fitting your pizza and pie bases. The only question is why no-one thought of it before!