Looking, listening, learning

Dungarimba Wandrahn

Aunty Irene Harrington at the site of Dungarimba Wandarahn

Bundjalung Elder Aunty Irene Harrington at the site of the former Lismore High School.

By Sheldon Harrington, a Widjabal Wiyabal man, and Professor Norm Sheehan, Director of Gnibi Wandarahn (College of Indigenous Australian Peoples) at Southern Cross University.

Today I sat with Uncle Roy Gordon and we spoke about Bundjalung language. Uncle Roy is a powerful man; he has, as he says, a 100-acre voice. In this the year of Indigenous languages, through the Dungarimba Wandarahn, his words and the words on his Elder Aunty Irene Harrington will fill the community space at The Quad in Lismore. The gentle and genuine way that Aunty Irene has shared her story is inspirational. The truth she shares calls on us to stand up and be responsible as the truth always does.

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