Bringing Miriwoong Back

Fewer than twenty people were fluent in Miriwoong when work began to preserve this virtually-extinct language. And those native speakers were all elderly and their numbers were dwindling fast. At the Mirima Language Centre in Kununurra, specialists have been working since the 1970s to snatch the Miriwoong language from the ‘virtually-extinct’ list. Only through clever, hard … Read moreBringing Miriwoong Back

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Coal Baking for Beginners

Photograph of attending to the camp fire

by Nikolaus Yee.

While you might imagine that everything is spit roasted over a roaring campfire flame, the reality is that coals are the heart of any camp cooking enterprise. The steady, high and slow heat that coals provide is much better for cooking than an open flame which will fluctuate in direction and intensity.

To prepare a campfire for cooking, first pick a safe spot at least 2.5 meters away from any trees or bushes that might be set alight by a flying spark. Digging a shallow pit or encircling the fire with stones, or both, allows easy and safe access to the fire.

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About Kununurra

Photograph of Lake Argyle

So, what can I tell you about Kununurra?

by Nikolaus Yee

I can tell you the facts: The township of Kununurra was initiated in 1961 to service the Ord River Scheme, which is an ongoing program to dam and divert the Ord River waters to irrigate crops. The population has grown to about 8,000 (2016 census) and it swells to 12,000 in the dry, tourist season or the fruit-picking season.

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About Black and White

Black and White, Deadly Australian Stories is a collaborative, modern history project between dozens of Australians and Philippa O’Donnell as an independent producer.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. We pay our respects to all Elders – past, present and emerging.

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