This is Reconciliation Week in Australia. In honor of this, I offer these exceptional posts as a sharing. These three stories highlighting the challenges and gifts of Aboriginal Australia. They are simultaneously unique, and common to many Indigenous communities around the world. I hope you will be moved and blessed by these posts, as I was.
Dadirri’: Deep Listening
I recently learned a new word. It’s a lovely word actually. Both in form and meaning. “Dadirri”, a term described by Aboriginal Elder, writer, artist, and educator, Aunty Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, from Nauiyu country, the Daly River in the Northern Territory. Her language is the Ngan’gikurunggurr language. She says “I believe it is the most important gift. It is our most unique gift. It is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to our fellow Australians. In our language this quality is called Dadirri. It is inner, deep listening, and quiet still awareness.” She goes on to say “it’s in everyone. It’s not just an Aboriginal thing.”
The post also contains a fine video about the practice of Dadirri. I am grateful to those bloggers, and Aunty Mariam, for sharing with me.
The second post is actually a video and comes to us from Be Part Of the Healing. The video by the same title, addresses Aboriginal youth suicide in Australia, but could have been easily produced in the U.S. or Canada.
Much has been written about the Shuar, an Indigenous group from the Ecuadorian Amazon; many words have been used to describe them. Warriors, head-shrinkers, and shamans are some of the most common associations. But one word that is not typically seen in reference to the Shuar? Poet. Until now, that is—especially if María Clara Sharupi Jua has anything to say about it.
Traditional teachings remind us to listen to one another, the spirits, and the land. When we do so, much healing can take place.