- Posted February 3, 2014 by
Aboriginal Sharing “Dadirri” Spirit on Australia Day 2014
By Shan Ju Lin
On 26th January 2014, Reconciliation Queensland Inc. (RQI) screened “Family”, the first episode of the first Series of “Redfern Now” at the Broncos Leagues Club at Red Hill in Brisbane, Australia. This series has brought Aboriginal city-based issues to mainstream audiences and created a greater understanding of the pressures of daily living in Aboriginal Communities. The event also shared “Dadirri” spirit, which calls on Australians to listen to one another.
The guest Speaker Alec Doomadgee, plays the lead role opposite Leah Purcell in the film, has spoken from the perspective of an Aboriginal actor and producer, about the importance of having programs like this on primetime television spots, and the impact it might have on reconciliation and understanding between Aboriginal and white Australian communities.
The event also screened "The Domo Boys", a DVD put together by the "boys" who lived at the Boys Dormitory at Cherbourg, and a reminder of past government policies that deprived children of their families and families of their children. David Wragge and Marshall Saunders were also attended and introduced the Domo Boys.
RQI had also shared the “Dadirri” spirit at the event, their Co-Chair Aunty Heather Castledine has stated that they are hoping the messages could reach all Australians. The following are the important parts of the messages:
“Dadirri” is a special quality, a unique gift of the Aboriginal people, and inner deep listening and quiet still-awareness. “Dadirri” recognises the deep spring that is inside us. It is something like what you call contemplation.
The contemplative way of Dadirri spreads over our whole life. It renews us and brings us peace. It makes us feel whole again. In our Aboriginal way, we learnt to listen from our earliest times. We could not live good and useful lives unless we listened.
We don’t worry; we know that in time and in the spirit of Dadirri (that deep listening and quite stillness) the way be made clear.
Our people are used to the struggle and the long waiting. We still wait for the white people to understand us better; we ourselves have spent many years learning about the white man’s ways; we have learnt to speak the white man’s language; and we have listened to what he had to say. This learning and listening should go both ways. We would like people in Australia to take time and listen to us; we are hoping people will come close; we keep on longing for the things that we have always hoped for - respect and understanding.
We know that our white brothers and sisters carry their own particular burdens; we believe that if they let us come to them, if they open up their minds and hearts to us, we lighten many burdens. There is a struggle for us, but we have not lost our spirit of Dadirri.
There are deep springs within each of us. Within this deep spring, which is the very spirit, is a sound. The sound of Deep calling to Deep. The time for rebirth is now. If our culture is alive and strong and respected it will grow. It will not die and our spirit will not die. I believe the spirit of Dadirri that we have to offer will blossom and grow, not just within but across our whole nation.