While I was visiting Canberra last month, my friend (also a Nora) and I wandered by a derelict collection of tents and temporary-looking dwellings in front of the old parliament building.

Tent embassy

“This is an odd spot for a campground,” I commented.

“It’s not a campground,” Nora said. “It’s the Australian Aboriginal Embassy.”

Huh? That’s some kind of embassy.

Nora admitted that she didn’t know much more about it than that, and so we slowed our pace as we walked by. With laundry hanging on lines strung between trees and tents, it appeared that people lived there, so out of respect we limited ourselves to sidelong glances at this curious settlement while we passed by.

Seeing an information sign on an easel at the end, we took the opportunity to stop, read the sign, and peer beyond it to see what the place was about. While we stood there, Mike approached us.

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