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Tiwi Collection – My adventure begins

Heide Smiths Tiwi Collection- My adventure begins Off to Tarantippi Beach 1987  You may have seen this post before. I used it to introduce a series called “Ardent Indigenous Australian Women”. My apologies, but it perfectly describes my introduction to the Tiwi, and particularly my introduction to Gerardine.It was ‘Dry Season’  1987 when I first set foot […]

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Tiwi Collection – how it started

Heide Smiths Tiwi Collection – How it all started   in the beginningEven as a teenager I had dreams of visiting indigenous people on the globe somewhere. When we emigrated to Australia, my thoughts often wandered to the OUTBACK of Australia, wanting to meet the FIRST AUSTRALIANS. When we moved to Canberra an opportunity arose and I took […]

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Worlds Oldest Civilisation 1

The Worlds Oldest Civilisation – Indigenous AustraliansHeide Smiths Tiwi Collection   Ngiya Mamante Tiwi -My Friends the Tiwi50,000 years ago, the Tiwi people settled on Bathurst and Melville Islands 60 km north of Darwin Australia. The Tiwi are Indigenous Australians, the world’s oldest civilisation.12,000 years ago, the last ice age ended, resulting in sea levels around the […]

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Happy Birthday Nugget Coombs

 Happy Birthday Dr H C Nugget Coombs (1906-1997)     Some years ago, my husband Brian and I collaborated on a series of articles for the Canberra Times; he wrote the article and I provided the photograph. The articles were about both the photo session, and the person being photographed. Nugget Coombs was, quite simply, one of the […]

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Ardent Indigenous Australian Women – Part 5

Ardent Indigenous Australian Women – Part 5Visiting my Tiwi Friends at Milikapiti Polly Miller Mungatopi at Milikapiti 1988 Part 5 of a series of portraits of Ardent Indigenous Australian Women  by photographer Heide Smith. Polly Miller Mungatopi: The sea is calm and gently laps at the roots of the pandanus and the mangroves. My feet scrape through […]

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