In five 15 minute episodes the head of AFTRS Indigenous Unit Kyas Sheriff joins inaugural Elder in Residence Uncle Bruce Pascoe to reflect on language, identity, connection, culture, shared history and time.
‘We live in a country that holds the oldest living culture with an unbroken connection: our First Nations People,’ Kyas Sherriff says. ‘How does Australia in 2019 understand this? There is an expression “white Australia has a shared history”. Uncle Bruce and I will explore that history and share contemporary perspectives.’
Uncle Bruce Pascoe is a respected Aboriginal Elder of Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian heritage. He is a historian, storyteller and author of the acclaimed book Dark Emu.
Describing Indigenous language Uncle Bruce says, ‘It is the language that comes out of that ground, it belongs there, it was produced by the land and the people learnt to speak it.
‘I would like Australians to be aware that every corner of the country has its own language and that is indicative of the fact that we stayed on our Country. Not all of us can live on Country, but those who do are there to care for it.
‘The language isn’t lost, it’s there in Country, and it’s waiting to be used.’
‘Talk Talk’ was launched at AFTRS’ Indigenous Language and Knowledge event, held to mark the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
AFTRS is Australia’s national training, education and research institution for screen and broadcast media.
Picture of Rachel Perkins, Uncle Bruce Pascoe and Kyas Sherriff Image credit: Joseph Mayers for AFTRS