Many Indigenous languages have a word that means something like ‘deep listening’. In Ngan'gikurunggurr, a Northern Territory language, that word is dadirri.
We meet renowned Aboriginal elder and 2021 Senior Australian of the Year, Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann. Dr Ungunmerr-Baumann advocates for a kind of listening — a quiet awareness — that sums up a whole way of being.
Miriam Rose is also a groundbreaking leader in remote Indigenous education, and a celebrated painter, activist, and speaker. In 1988, she established the 'Miriam Rose Foundation' to help young Indigenous people ‘walk in two worlds’.
Now, she’s calling on all of us to really listen to Indigenous people, and pay proper attention to the land we live in.
Miriam Rose spoke to Meredith Lake from Nauiyu, her community on the Daly river in the Northern Territory.