Transcript of The Land Owns Us
Title: Global Oneness Project. The land owns us.
Sign: Mutitjulu Community. No entry without a permit.
Bob Randall, Mutujulu, Uluru, Australia. Yankunytjatjara Elder
Yeah we're here at Mutitjulu, you know right beside Uluru, the home of my ancestors. And it was in that area there, called Tempy Downs, where I came out. And that's why the police were brought in and that's how I was taken, you know at that time, by a police officer into Alice Springs, like so many kids who then now they refer to us as the stolen generation.
But of course bush living was bush. You totally took most of the things from the land you're on. We just lived on the land as people of the land.
To us it was a natural way of being, being part of all that there is was just the way it was. You didn't see anything any different from you. It was just a way of life that was inclusive of all that there is through life.
Life is the binding and the connecting way the oneness is. If you're alive you connect to everything else that is alive. But that oneness included everything that was around us, and we were raised with that teachings from a child upwards. You know the relationship, and our relationship system for our people here: see my people see land ownership as being totally different to the English way of ownership, because we, ours used to be, really the land owns us, and it still is that to us.
The land grows all of us up, and it really does. You know no human is older than the land itself, it just isn't, and no living marsupial is as old itself. Everything that's been and gone of life in the flesh has died, but the land is still here.
Part of land which has been handed down to you by your ancestors, we say the granny law, has given me my responsibility now that I'm grown up to care for my country, you know care for my mother. Care for everything that is around me. The oneness, the completeness of that oneness, to be responsible in both caring in every single way which we call the kanini, caring with unconditional love, with the responsibility.
You feel that, you feel that so well, that you feel good when you're in that space and you kind of feel that you're living with family, when you include everything that is alive in that space and it's a huge space and that's a lot of specimens of everything you could possibly imagine in there with you. And then you grow up knowing that these are all your family. You can never feel lonely in that situation, you know you just can't. How can you when all around you is family members, from this ground up, to all the trees around you to the clouds hanging up around you, the birds flying by, the animals and reptiles that are just hidden in the shrub there for now, but can come out if they want to, hunt around for their little food. And then they can become food for us as well.
You know it is a beautiful way of being. It doesn't push anyone out, but it brings everyone in. And the completeness of being who you are, where you are, is a really good feeling. It's a beautiful feeling. I wouldn't exchange it for anything. That's why I'm here right beside Uluru. I am so lucky.