Climbing Karinyarra: a cautionary tale

Posted on October 29th, by Liam in Blog, Rock Climbing. Comments Off on Climbing Karinyarra: a cautionary tale

Karinyarra: definitely not the next Arapiles, but an impressive mountain in a proud position in the middle of the desert.



Scott Duncan

Posted on October 25th, by Liam in Blog, film, Yuendumu. Comments Off on Scott Duncan

I met Scott Duncan at Yuendumu in 2000 when he came out to shoot a short film on the local painters for the NBC Olympics coverage and I was working at the local art centre.

Yuendumu is pretty much in the centre of Australia on land belonging to the Warlpiri and Anmatjerre people.

Scott came out to shoot a short film on the local painters for the NBC Olympics coverage and I was working at the local art centre.

I’d never seen so much film equipment in Yuendumu before. I think there were about 35 cases of gear! The drive out to Yuendumu was pretty rough back then and Scott’s crew had a bit of an accident on the drive out, so when they arrived they were all pretty dusty and fit right in.

The light in Central Australia can … Read More »



Reflections on Yuendumu

Posted on October 25th, by Liam in Blog, Yuendumu. Comments Off on Reflections on Yuendumu

I stumbled across this today. I wrote it about 8 or 9 years ago and thought I’d post it.

After returning from a funeral in Melbourne of a Whitefella who used to live in the community I was greeted by two Nampijinpa ladies.  They wanted to talk to me and I offered them a cup of tea and we sat on the grass outside.  We each sat looking in a different direction. We talked for a little while about my trip and the insignificant details of travelling 3000 ks in a Toyota.  It soon became clear that the ladies wanted to discuss the funeral.

I did not realise the affect this persons death had had on the community.  One of the ladies, who people had begun calling my ‘mother’ after her only son died, took my hand in hers and … Read More »





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