"What I want to talk about is another special quality of my people. I believe it is the most important. It is our most unique gift. It is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to our fellow Australians. In our language this quality is called dadirri. It is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness."
Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann
Dadirri: A Reflection By Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann
NGANGIKURUNGKURR means 'Deep Water Sounds'. Ngangikurungkurr is the name of my tribe. The word can be broken up into three parts: Ngangi means word or sound, Kuri means water, and kurr means deep. So the name of my people means 'the Deep Water Sounds' or 'Sounds of the Deep'. This talk is about tapping into that deep spring that is within us.
Many Australians understand that Aboriginal people have a special respect for Nature. The identity we have with the land is sacred and unique. Many people are beginning to understand this more. Also there are many Australians who appreciate that Aboriginal people have a very strong sense of community. All persons matter. All of us belong. And there are many more Australians now, who understand that we are a people who celebrate together.
What I want to talk about is another special quality of my people. I believe it is the most important. It is our most unique gift. It is perhaps the greatest gift we can give to our fellow Australians. In our language this quality is called dadirri. It is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness.
Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It is something like what you call "contemplation".
When I experience dadirri, I am made whole again. I can sit on the riverbank or walk through the trees; even if someone close to me has passed away, I can find my peace in this silent awareness. There is no need of words. A big part of dadirri is listening…
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Miriam Rose has been collaborating with Pip Gordon of The Gathering Tree with support from DLAB in Sydney and Djilpin Arts in Katherine, in producing a feature film about Dadirri - the spiritual practise of Deep Inner Listening for which Miriam Rose has become a spokesperson.
Here is what Pip Gordon had to say when we first posted this film clip on Sharing Culture:
‘Here it is folks... a sneak peak of the film clip we created about 'Dadirri'. This clip is going to be used for Crowd Funding ... to source sponsorship money to make Miriam Rose Ungunmerr's film about Dadirri and how this is a Gift to the Nation. Please stay tuned and please share!
It has been a true privilege to listen and create with Miriam and her community of Nauiyu on this project. It is still a seedling, but feel it is growing day by day and the roots are gaining strength. We still hold this project gently and close and nurture it with trust and a willingness to allow it to unfold for the greater good.
It's a true journey of determination, courage and love and absolute unexplainable joy! Sharing this clip with you now, is like introducing a dear friend. Hope you enjoy...........
Thank you Miriam, Elle, Daz, Dlab, Fleur & Tom at Djilpin Arts and Michael for your inspired guitar and to those of you who give continued love and support to keep believing. To Jonathan Gordon, Caleb and Erin... what a privilege to live this life with you three!’