The plight of Anangu includes an incredibly high cost of living, disruption of services and power as well as extremely low employment opportunities often resulting in the need for individuals and families to relocate away from community and country in order to survive. This severance of connection creates a multitude of social and emotional wellbeing issues. The Homeland is a deeply spiritual place that connects families and allows time and space to get out of town and reflect on ancestors passed on, customs and culture as well as educate the next generation. Amongst all of this resides a natural beauty emanating hope.
This was a last minute opportunity to jump in with the passing 4WD’s once again into the heart land of the APY Lands 600km north of Coober Pedy. The unplanned nature of this trip led straight into road blocks within the festivals media constraints meaning that I wouldn’t be able to capture any of the festival action and would have to manufacture a quick work around.
When simplicity is expected chaos and calamity is sure to follow
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this gallery does contain images and voices of people who have died.