“When I was growing up, I had to learn all about whitefellas, their culture and history.But what do you know about me?”
Uncle Farley Garlett.
Ten respected Elders from Boorloo (Perth) have collaborated with Community Arts Network (CAN) to share their life journey as part of a multi-media legacy project.
Their stories are poignant, powerful and at times heartbreaking and harrowing - but they have been laid bare so that future generations are aware of Australia’s often hidden black history.
“Be Brave, Make Change is the national theme of 2022 Reconciliation Week and that’s exactly what these Elders have done. Their triumphs over adversity, tireless fight for human rights and constant advocacy for respect and recognition leaves a powerful and lasting legacy.”
Michelle White, Executive Producer of the CAN project
The Elders are Uncle Ben Taylor, Aunty Theresa Walley, Uncle Farley Garlett, Aunty Doolan Leisha Eatts, Uncle Walter Eatts, Aunty Irene and Uncle Albert McNamara, Aunty Muriel Bowie, Aunty Margaret Culbong and Uncle Noel Nannup.
Sadly Aunty Theresa and Aunty Doolann passed away during the project, however, they were adamant that their stories and legacy stay included.
The project has three parts:
Ni! means listen is a series of podcasts featuring conversations hosted by acclaimed Noongar performer Phil Walleystack.
Nguluk Waangkiny - Us Talking is a short film that documents the journey of the Elders as they fight for respect and recognition as part of the the City of Perth’s Reconciliation Elder’s Advisory Group.
Nguluk Waangkiny - Stories of Resilience is a book featuring observational style photographs taken by emerging Noongar photographer Cole Baxter, alongside story vignettes from each Elder that capture elements of their legacy.
On Friday 27th of May, all three projects will be launched at the ABC Studios in Perth as part of the broadcaster’s support of National Reconciliation Week. CAN is one of the ABC’s Reconciliation Action Plan community partners.
The short film has been selected to screen at this year's Revelation Film Festival and will be broadcast on ABC iView and the ABC’s YouTube channel. The podcasts will feature on Radio National’s Awaye! and will be uploaded on podcast apps, including ABC’s Listen app.
The book will be gifted back to the Elders for their own distribution, and digital versions will be available via CAN’s website.
This project was made possible with funding support from the City of Perth, Aesop Foundation, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest and Australia Council for the Arts.
“Racism doesn’t change overnight, but it takes action and you’ve got to do it, because we’ve been here for 60,000 years and we’ll be here for 60,000 more.”
Aunty Margaret Culbong