Tuesday, August 19, 2008

FOOTSTEPS

by heidi douglas

Australia 2000, Year of Reconciliation: five hundred thousand people walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to support reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. In Central Australia Indigenous elder Kevin Buzzacott begins a 3060 kilometre walk carrying a sacred fire from Lake Eyre to Sydney. He leaves behind the original sacred fire at the Arabunna Going Home Peace Camp on the shores of Lake Eyre. Without his protection however those left to tend to the fire are soon the target of attempts by WMC Uranium mine to evict the camp. Walking the land he passes through Adnyamathanha country similarly threatened by mining interest. This is a journey into active reconciliation and genocide of people deeply connected to the protection of the land.

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