Aboriginal Healing, Historical Trauma
Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann has been collaborating with Pip Gordon 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.
"Healing for Aboriginal people is not just healing of the physical body. It is healing in a holistic way: the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental. It includes healing oneself and relationships with others, such as family and community members."
What is Sharing Culture?
Sharing Culture is a unique initiative to help Indigenous peoples heal from historical trauma and its consequences (e.g. emotional distress, addiction, suicide), and other adversities, e.g. social and economic disadvantage, paternalism.
Sharing Culture is being developed by David Clark, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, in close collaboration with filmmaker Michael Liu. They are supported by an international network of over 30 Advisors/Healers, the vast majority of whom are world-leading experts in their respective fields.
Sharing Culture is based on the core values of authenticity, connection, courage, creativity, empathy and forgiveness. We use a strengths-based, solution-focused approach that celebrates success and cultivates positivity, acceptance and cultural pride. Stories are a key element of our approach - they create hope and facilitate understanding.
This website uses Indigenous voices to help educate us about historical trauma and how it impacts on Indigenous people. You can also learn about Indigenous healing and culture, as well as read or watch Healing Stories. David regularly blogs on the website.
The Foundation of Our Approach
Sharing Culture recognises that healing from trauma (and its consequences) requires empowerment and connection, and a culturally safe environment. Indigenous people must connect to their culture, land, spirituality, family, community and history to facilitate healing.
Self-determinism is the central foundation of healing. Indigenous communities, families and individuals must own and control their healing process.
An holistic approach to health and wellbeing is key, one which incorporates the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental.
Personal and Community Healing Stories empower people by providing hope, understanding and a sense of belonging.
Stories of healing initiatives help communities learn from each other, whilst Cultural Stories engender pride and facilitate cultural connectedness.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people must come together to facilitate the healing of Indigenous people.
Indigenous knowledge and understanding is key to helping create a society where people have an improved wellness, are more environmentally aware, and are more respectful, caring and empathic towards their fellow man, no matter what his or her culture.
Please check About Us and our Testimonials. And our sister website Recovery Stories, which focuses on recovery from addiction, mental health problems and trauma.
David gets Australia-wide coverage about Sharing Culture on NITV news in May 2014.
Philly covers Bob Marley 'Three Little Birds' for Like A Version
Mildura rapper Philly covered Bob Marley's Three Little Birds for a special NAIDOC week Like A Version on triple j."This is my idea of planting an idea in your mind so that you can help the next person who may seem a little blind." Must watch!
Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong
I've been working in various areas of the addiction field for over 35 years. Here is one of the best talks you will hear about addiction. It has a great ending, and what Johann has to say is bang on!Advisor:
Sharing Culture Advisor: Ash Dargan
Ash currently serves as a health professional promoting and engaging in raising social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Prior to his current career, Ash was one of the world’s premier performers and recording artists on Mamalima (Didjeridu).
My initial visit to the NT
I recently spent 18 days in the Northern Territory, first as part of a Cultural Tour to Nauiyu, then in Katherine and at the Barunga festival. Read about and see my experiences (7 pages, just follow links)
Sharing Culture Advisor: Dr Anne Poelina
Anne has developed a deep understanding of issues impacting on Indigenous Australians living in remote locations from working in the areas of Indigenous health, education, language and community development.
'‘Punched in the Gut’: Uncovering the Horrors of Boarding Schools' by Mary Annette Pember
Lajimodiere says her research about responses to unresolved trauma and hearing the stories of survivors helped her understand her parents, their harshness and lack of affection.
From the seeds of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, King Lear, emerges an explosive Indigenous reinterpretation - the tale of a community divided by greed, pride and ambition.
What is Healing To Me?
"Healing means to be or make whole. To put together the broken or damaged bits so that the one can feel good again and be more resilient in the future. Healing often is painful as a process but results in learning more about myself and what I need to be well in myself." Voices from the campfires: Establishing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
Recovery Stories: 'sister' website
Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia
What would happen if a team of highly qualified psychologists joined up with a team of people who knew psychosis from the inside, from their own journey into madness and then recovery - and if they collaborated in writing a guide to understanding the difficult states that get names like “psychosis” and schizophrenia”?