March 5, 2015

I definitely don't want to be recognised in Australia's constitution as it is currently proposed. Not without Sovereignty, Treaty and Reparations on the table and a recognition of the legal historical documents that Australia illegally ignored including but not limited...

January 1, 2015

On the 1st January 2015 I hereby launch my entry into the bloggdom with "Notes to the 23rd Century". This title makes perfect sense to me as I am an "Ancestor-in-Training" and have in place a 200 year plan (will unpack this further in a future blog).

But know it infor...

October 12, 2013


Mining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, community and the arts.


Sam Cook


Mining and its relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has a long and complex history. Aboriginal people have been mining, th...

June 1, 2012





What’s going on in the Indigenous festivals sector?



2012 is proving to be an interesting year for the Indigenous festivals sector. Indeed, it is seemingly tainted by either a combination of unexpected events, or a carefully crafted decons...

May 1, 2012

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KISSmyBLAKarts  by Sam Cook


Federal Arts major funding dilemma.


The 21st of October 2011 was the deadline for response to the Federal Government call for submissions to inform a National Cultural Policy. Not only was this significant...

December 1, 2011



Digging up the dirty side of green spaces.


I don’t call myself an Australian, unless I am forced to write it on my inbound card to a destination I’m travelling to. I’m uncomfortable with that term, that imposition, largely because it is an...

June 1, 2011

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KISSmyBLAKarts  by Sam Cook


The Sound of One Hand Clapping. Federal Budget 2011.


Since the announcement on May 11th of the first Federal budget for the Gillard Government, I’ve been on the hunt for the media release, paragraph, or d...

May 1, 2011

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KISSmyBLAKarts  by Sam Cook


Hark, She Blows.


This time, it started with a loud proclamation via Facebook™, declaring that women are allowed to play the didgeridoo. Almost immediately it became the viral news many a European female wh...

February 1, 2011

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KISSmyBLAKarts  by Sam Cook


The Art of Protest



Within the recent illumination on 26th January of Australia’s race relations with Aboriginal Nations flooding our media, social networks and psyche, I’m immediately drawn to the Indigenous artists...

April 1, 2009

The five myths of BLAKSTAGEtheatre


Within this current environment many myths have surrounded the BLAKSTAGE companies. These flow into a general perception of our work being somehow ‘less than’, our companies being a separatist Western notion of ‘community theatre’ whi...

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