The National Museum of Women in the Arts

[Jakarta, LTTW] It is all too well known that men throughout the ages have continuously objectified women, which has unfortunately also occurred within the arts. Issues surrounding the mistreatment of women in the art world keeps increasing; from gender pay gaps, to sexual harassment, to discrimination, making the lives and wellbeing of many women difficult to endure. Despite the ongoing negative issues afflicting several women, progress is nonetheless being made, as exemplified by The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA); an art museum in the US dedicated exclusively to female artists of all periods and nationalities.

Photo courtesy of NMWA

And it is about time that a museum dedicated to the achievements of women has emerged! The fact that such a museum even had to exist in the first place is a reflection of human ignorance, as exemplified by the fact that women have only begun to enjoy the rights and freedoms of artists as men in living memory for several people. The existence of such a museum should serve as a reminder that the differentiation between genders is not for competitive reasons, but as part of the process in finding proportion and harmony.

Photo courtesy of NMWA | by Lee Stalsworth

Termites, the Instrument Maker

[Jakarta, LTTW] The didgeridoo is a unique wooden trumpet “drone pipe” of Aboriginal origin, and many believe it to be made by termites.

Didgeridoo player | Photo Courtesy of Philippa Willitts

Yes, this is a fact! A genuine Didgeridoo is made from living trees (usually a young eucalyptus) which are hollowed out by termites. The termites hollow the tree from the inside because they are sensitive to light, and need to therefore avoid daylight. The tree should be cut close to the ground in order to make a didgeridoo properly. This is of no concern, as eucalyptus trees grow rapidly which means their restoration takes  little time.

This way, Aborigines can build an instrument whilst still maintaining the tree population of their lands.

Amazon “Wildfire”

[Jakarta, LTTW] The Amazon rainforest is burning. Scientists and environmental activists have said that the large number of wildfires could not be attributed to the natural phenomenon alone (dry season which ends around October or early November), it also must be attributed to irresponsible human activities such as deforestation (using fire to clear land) for farming and mining.

The Amazon rainforest is vital to slowing the pace of global warming; not only it is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, but it is also home to more than 70 tribes where ‘thinking like nature’ is practised as a way of life – a wisdom modern westernised humans must learn from.


World’s Indigenous Peoples International Day

[Jakarta, LTTW] Every August 9th, the UN commemorates the World’s Indigenous Peoples International Day. It is an important day knowing our Indigenous brothers and sisters are among minority groups, where they tend to be suppressed by the rule of the majority. It is only right then if we regard this day to manifest equality, not only for them, but for all of us too.

After all, we all are Indigenous to the Earth… (unless you’d like to believe we’re descendent from Extraterrestrials :)) 👉👈