The Life Aquatic

Sailing into an ocean alive with Polynesian legends, last November I climbed aboard a double-hulled Vaka (the Marumaru Atua) with a team of inspiring individuals reviving the ancient sailing traditions of the Pacific. Chief among them (literally) was Tua Pittman of Blue Canoe fame (i.e. the upcoming film, not the women’s lingerie), who dedicates all…

Fists & Magic

Two rippling combatants pit themselves against one another in the only wrestling code in the world (outside travel journalism) to allow bare-knuckle punching and sorcery magic. I took this photo ringside at a Senegalese wrestling match in Dakar in the middle of madhouse high-pitched singing, drumming, hyper-masculine posturing, dancing, sorcery tactics, swinging fists on the…

Boorun’s Canoe presentation video

Hi guys just posting a short new video of Steve and I presenting on Boorun’s Canoe at the Indigenous Watercraft Conference ‘NAWI’ @ the Australian National Maritime Museum earlier in the year. The conference has also just won the national award for public programs, congrats guys! Also a reminder: the current exhibition of Boorun’s Canoe…

Boorun’s Canoe exhibition launching this July!

Back in February I announced on this blog a project called Boorun’s Canoe, an Indigenous cultural arts collaboration I’ve been working on part-time for the past couple of years with Indigenous artist Steaphan Paton, senior Gunai/Kurnai elder Uncle Albert Mullett, the extended Mullett family (of the Gunai/Kurnai community in Gippsland) and Bunjilaka, the Aboriginal Cultural…

Announcing Boorun’s Canoe and upcoming artist talk at the Melbourne Museum

It gives me great pleasure to formally announce Boorun’s Canoe, an indigenous cultural arts collaboration I’ve been working on part-time for the past 18 months with Indigenous artist Steaphan Paton, senior Gunaikurnai elder Uncle Albert Mullett, various members of the Gunaikurnai community and Bunjilaka, the Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum. Together we developed…