Kuku Nyungkal, Australia: Walking on country with spirits

1 Million Women are celebrating NAIDOC Week ( 7-14 July) to honour the history, culture and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their traditions of living with the land.

There is so much we can learn from the sustainable way of living that kept Indigenous peoples flourishing and living in harmony with the environment. It’s also a time to remember that those of us who contribute the least to dangerous climate change, often have the most to lose.

The following is a short video about the effects of climate change on remote indigenous countryside located in the wet tropics in Northern Australia.

“Located on the eastern shore of Australia’s tropical north, Shipton’s Flat is home to Marilyn, a Kuku Nyungkal Aboriginal woman, and her family. She has been living here the ancestral way – far removed from the services and conveniences of modern life – as part of the sublime performance of nature. Like her ancestors before her, Marilyn walks through the Nyungkal bubu, the Nyungkal’s country, acknowledging and conversing with the Spirit beings around her. Click here for more information. “

Kuku Nyungkal, Australia: Walking on country with spirits

Marylin explains in the clip:

“Living in this country is good. The stream is running all the time, and we can hear many different birds.”

“We  live there – no electricity, no town water living the ancestral ways.”

“We are always looking at the season, and the weather is changing –  we look for indicators:  The birds, the flowers and the animals food.”

We are frightened, very frightened.”

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“We have an obligation to care for everything.  All people must stand together. If we don’t stand together and speak out everything on our land will disappear.”

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This week, take the time to head over to http://www.recognise.org.au/ and support the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution.

It’s time to stand together and change our behavior to help fight dangerous climate change. For more information on a more sustainable lifestyle check out our website below.

We are daughters, mothers, sisters and grandmothers getting on with practical climate action to live better for us and the planet. Join the movement at www.1millionwomen.com.au

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