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Outrage

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Around Australia are many sites sacred to the Aboriginal people, usually meaning the details cannot be divulged to outsiders, including the "white fellers" whose ancestors arrived only in recent centuries. This site of ancient rock carvings (petroglyphs) goes by the name of Ewaninga and is in the Northern Territory. While the age and significance are secret to the Elder men of the Arrernte People, it has been estimated at between 30-40,000 years. The site is accessible for visits and is part of a Conservation Reserve run by the NT Parks and Wildlife Service.

I (and most Australians) have been horrified and outraged in recent days to read that a major mining company in Western Australia, in the course of ripping out iron ore, has destroyed two caves containing sacred sites , with archaeological evidence showing occupation going back 46,000 years. They should have been World Heritage protected. The mining company's response could be summarised as "Oops, nobody told us it was important".

Not only do Black Lives Matter, so does Black Heritage!

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 Jean
Jean club
I imagine a lot of effort on many people's part went into making sure they didn't know it was important. Sometimes I feel ashamed to be part of the human race. And yet it was humans who created and cherished these beautiful places. Your photograph is gorgeous as is the light.
3 months ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Jean club
Thank you very much and I'd fully agree, Jean. I've now added a link to the full story in my notes. Thanks also for your very kind comment on the image.
3 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
Beautiful captured. Great colours, light and textures. An impressive rock!
3 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
That is tragic George! I would give them oops with a huge fine! The heritage of every country matters. Thank you for the beautiful picture and the information.
3 months ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
I fully agree, Rosa, but unfortunately the Western Australian state laws have holes in them large enough to drive giant mining trucks through (link now in details). Hopefully this will bring some changes.
3 months ago.
 Proxar
Proxar club
Very beautiful work!
3 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
Your story draws attention to the fact that, firstly, we do not have to understand everything ... and secondly, greed for profit is much more important in our time when great cultural heritage is being destroyed
3 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wow ! That’s such an impressive sight, George ! And thanks for the story about this landscape !
3 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
What an interesting (and sad) story to read.
The image is just stunning.
3 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Une belle capture révélatrice,c'est vraiment dommage
d'en arriver la et de saccager un tel trésor.
Bonne soirée.
3 months ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
Great shot....... and very interesting text!!!!!!
3 months ago.
 Xata
Xata club
Fully agree with you, shame on the mining company and thanks for sharing this part of world's Culture and History.
3 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Totally agree George.
3 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Extraordinary capture and great commentary! I share your outrage at this senseless sacrilege. Hope people divest from this mining company until they cease this irreversible destruction that smacks of outright racism towards the Aboriginal people. Stay well!

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3 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Horrible and inconceivable, not the photo, but the almost cynical remark of the mining company. Any child could have imagined that this is an important and significant cultural heritage. Thanks for sharing, George!
Stay safe and well!
3 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
Je suis très choquée par cette triste nouvelle
L'argent roi et le cynisme des grandes compagnies , qui achètent tout et corrompent ::
3 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
Impressive rock. Great story! And horrible what man can do for profit
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
HISTORY AS SHE US WROTE
3 months ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Oh dear, I agree with you George, terrible. It's very sad what the world has come to :-(
Stay well my friend.
3 months ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
Impressive,
I have seen such old rock pictures at Uluru and Kata Tjuta...
3 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
The mining industry is just environmental vandalism writ large. No conscience, no morals. That Rio Tinto action was horrifying. The other appalling activity of the mining fraternity is fracking and continued fossil fuel extraction.
Our current pollies are a disgrace to encourage it all.
Hugs George
3 months ago.
 Tacheles
Tacheles club
And, along to Britney Spears' lyrics , they will do it once again, I'm afraid.
3 months ago. Edited 3 months ago.
 John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald club
Striking POV.
3 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Beautiful photo, great information and horrible news about the sites that were destroyed.
3 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
3 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Thanks for your visit and kind comments.
3 months ago.
 RHH
RHH club
Have a good day.
3 months ago.
 Léopold
Léopold club
Culprits shall get life sentence at least.
3 months ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
This destruction is horrifying, but it goes on in other countries too, George. The loss of such irreplaceable heritage is shocking.
3 months ago.
 Nicolas Mertens
Nicolas Mertens club
There is no end to corporate indecency...
Great shot, however.
3 months ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S. club
Oh. George. This is unbelievable! In any job site of this kind they are supposed to have a specialised inspector that checks to make sure they are not disturbing archeological sites, just like they have one for safety! They just can't get away with "ops"!!!! And you are right, behaving like black heritage does not matter is exactly the same as allowing black lives not to matter!
3 months ago.
Annalia S. club has added
Went back and read the article at the link you provided. It looks like they did know and put a lot of effort into NOT telling the aboriginal owners exactly what was going to happen until it was too late. Looks like the govt. has a question or two to answer as well!
3 months ago.
tiabunna club has replied to Annalia S. club
Yes, the legal powers for this rest with the State government and, though that has changed political sides over the years it seems that it suits them to leave this hollow legislation in place (the West Australian economy largely rests on the mining industry). Sadly, Annalia, it seems that dollars talk loudest!
3 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Only profit counts - it's a shame!
3 months ago.
 Special K
Special K club
This is just incredible! I saw a documentary about these rock carvings on German TV a few months ago and can't believe that greed has gained the upper hand again... So sad!
3 months ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi George

Thanks very much for sharing this with us. I agree, the relics should have been left well alone.

I see no excuse for vandalism of anything (including statues.. see our news..)
Nor do I see whatever wrongs which others may have done as an excuse for public disorder, rioting, looting, etc etc as these various groups have engaged in recently.

Best Wishes, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
Peter
3 months ago.
 Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】 club
:-(((((((((
2 months ago.

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