#021 Waking Up The Snake
New economy, country & consciousness, with Indigenous leader Anne Poelina
This week we present a very special podcast celebrating this year's NAIDOC Week in Australia.
Dr Anne Poelina is a Nyikina Traditional Custodian from the Mardoowarra, Lower Fitzroy River, in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia. And if anywhere epitomizes the critical time we’re in, it’s in the spectacular cultural and natural landscapes of her homeland. Almost incredibly, there are 40,000+ fracking wells slated for this area, along with the damming of the Fitzroy River, and more ‘old-model’ industrial agriculture. Yet the new economy is also in tow here, and this is where Anne is currently focusing her extraordinary breadth of cross-cultural knowledge and experience.
Anne is an international award winner, Managing Director of Madjulla Incorporated, Councillor at the Australian Conservation Foundation, a qualified nurse, traditional midwife, has multiple postgraduate degrees, and over 30 years’ experience in Indigenous health, education, language and community development. Anthony James caught up with her at her home in Broome recently, to talk about what the shape the new economy might take in the Kimberley and beyond, how we can make it happen, and the enormous opportunity in treaty, recognition and connection with Australia’s First Nations.
NAIDOC Week 8-15 July, celebrating Indigenous women.
The film clip of the Song for the Mardoowarra on YouTube (they will be touring this month in the Kimberley, and are available for bookings from early 2019).
Welcome to Country, a new travel guide to Indigenous Australia.
An extract of this podcast was published by the good folk at Matters Journal.
Song for the Mardoowarra, by Gwen Knox with Anne Poelina, played by Mick Stevens, and sung by the Broome Primary School Choir.
Riverman, by the Pigram Brothers.