#014 An Indigenous Australian Perspective With Brendon Cook

#014 An Indigenous Australian Perspective With Brendon Cook

I cannot explore and enjoy the natural beauty of Australia without getting the Indigenous Australian perspective on it all, there is much we can learn! The Indigenous Australians have been here in Australia for >60,000 years, the oldest continuous culture on the planet(!!!). Listen in as I have a candid chat with a new friend I made Brendon Cook, a local Indigenous Australian whose tour I did in his land, the Wakthuni Community just outside of the mining town Tom Price. We spoke about his history, the issues with Native Title, why he prefers the term Indigenous instead of Aboriginal and more on the Indigenous way of life and advise on how we can look after the land. I think this is the most precious podcast episode yet. I hope you enjoy…




Above: smoothed out grinding rocks which Indigenous women would have worked to crush and make food, archaeologists say this could be the first evidence of people making bread.


Above: Evidence of a rock used as a tool for cutting and a rock engraving – do you see the kangaroo outline???

Above: Brendon showing me his sacred flower. There is a wonderful connection Indigenous people have with the land.

It was an absolute pleasure and honour to learn, share and understand more on the Indigenous Australian perspective with Brendon.

  • jackie stevenson
    Posted at 01:06h, 15 October Reply

    You might be related to Brendan cos your French relatives have the surname De La Porte! I definitely learnt that the whole
    Indigenous situation is a complicated one and like you could appreciate the unique affinity they feel towards the land. They should be speakers at every land conservation conference. Thank you for the insight………….

    • vetchloe
      Posted at 18:00h, 17 October Reply

      Oh WOW maybe he is a relly! 😆 Yes agreed that Indigenous Australian should be more strongly represented when it comes to conservation. Incredibly inspiring. XXX

  • Sally
    Posted at 01:33h, 15 October Reply

    What an amazing interview! It definitely is about respect and viewing everything as if it has its own spirit! We have been watching Mystery Road and Goldstone here in the UK and I can see why there is so much attachment to the land. It is so beautiful! I envy you being able to watch the night sky like that! Something we have lost here in the Uk somewhat.

    • vetchloe
      Posted at 17:59h, 17 October Reply

      Glad you enjoyed Sal! Yes the night sky is spectacular… XXX

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