Messages from Australian Aboriginal Elders
Runtime : 21’40 mins
Year : 2019
Format : MP4
Director/Editor : Bridget Ninness
Producer: : Bridget Ninness
Key Cast : “Wirrigan”. Uncle Bill Smith. Awabakal Elder
: Uncle Patrick Lock. PhD Student. Newcastle University
: Aunty Danielle Chedzy. Awabakal Elder
: Dr Natasha Deen. Founder. Save our Coast.
Special Selection : Reel Film Festival. Newcastle. Australia.
With a deep concern for the preservation of their unique matristic culture and the climactic chaos we are experiencing worldwide, indigenous elders from around the globe are rising to navigate the path forward in these unprecedented times.
In response to the PhD studies of Uncle Pat Lock on Aboriginal Leadership with Newcastle University, Australia’s Awabakal elders led by Wirrigan and community gathered for a traditional ‘yarn up’ at the Macquarie Life Church in Cardiff, NSW in March 2019, to discuss and share unique cultural knowledge specifically relating to the water crisis, seismic blasting in our oceans causing destruction to marine life in the search for oil and gas and skilful use of fire to manage and care for country.