A film exploring Wiradjuri culture and a tribute poem to the Stolen Generation have taken out two top honours at the New South Wales Premier’s Multicultural Media awards.
The film Yindyamarra Yambuwan (Respecting Everything), a collaboration between Charles Sturt University researcher Bernard Sullivan and Wiradjuri elders, won best creative and innovative design.
The film explores the idea of Yindyamarra — the Wiradjuri word for a way of life based on deep respect.
“From a personal point of view, a non-Aboriginal man born on Wiradjuri country, I have spent my life looking for ways to live a balanced life,” Mr Sullivan said.
“I have studied European and Eastern philosophies and cultures that have taken me all around the world, but I don’t know anything like Yindyamarra. As an attitude to life based on deep respect, from the place I was born, it is the way to live in this country. Yindyamarra has brought me home.”
The film looks at 20 different aspects of Yindyamarra built on years of deep conversations with Wiradjuri elders.
But Mr Sullivan said it wasn’t too long ago that the Wiradjuri, their culture and language were suppressed.
“This film is an act of respect and recognition,” he said. “It is a way of standing in solidarity with the Wiradjuri people.
“The Elders and I wanted to share with others just how beautiful the Wiradjuri language and culture based on Yindyamarra still is.
“As Dr Uncle Stan Grant has taught me, language belongs to country, when we speak Wiradjuri on country, we show respect. Whether Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, Wiradjuri or non-Wiradjuri, through language we are able to connect to where we live in a richer fuller way.”
The award-winning poem by high school student Sejal Madan was named best student work promoting harmony and cultural diversity award.