Alethea Scantlebury (BA (Psych), DipEd) recently completed an Honours thesis in History through Monash University. This article is a summary of that work. Born to 'hippy' parents in New Zealand her father was a comrade of James K Baxter who formed a commune in alliance with a Maori tribe, and her mother documented the New Zealand ‘hippy’ scene with her old reflex box camera. Alethea’s work fuses these themes in a project that documents the relationships between Aborigines and Australian hippies, especially the unique relationships in the 'Rainbow Region' of north-eastern New South Wales.
Black Fellas and Rainbow Fellas: Convergence of Cultures at the Aquarius Arts and Lifestyle Festival, Nimbin, 1973ArticlesAll history of this area and the general talk and all of that is that 1973 was a turning point and the Aquarius Festival is credited with having turned this region around in so many ways, but I think that is a myth ... and I have to honour the truth; and the truth is that old Dicke Donelly came and did a Welcome to Country the night before the festival. (Joseph in Joseph and...Read more