Walking the Land
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users are warned that Lady of the Lake may
contain images of deceased persons and images of places that could cause sorrow.
Walking the Land
excerpt from Lady of the Lake, Aunty Iris’s story
Writer/director Richard Frankland
Produced by John Foss
Sponsored by The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
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Lady of the Lake is the story of Gunditjmara Elder Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner and her life at Lake Condah in the western districts of Victoria. "Walking the Land" is an excerpt.
Sundays we’d walk from …Greenvale… Greenvale right through an’ pick people…Mmm…up all the way along, hey, an’ oh we’d have a beautiful time, an’ Aunty Fanny an’ them would have dinner an’ that ready. We’d have sing songs an’ play marbles or do whatever an’ it was beautiful….Yeah…an’ that was our get-together for the week. Every Sunday…Every Sunday it was…an’ that sort of combined us more as a family too, because we walked over the land, sort of thing, with each other. Well, walking the land is important to us because we love the land an’ we know the land…the land talks to us... Chrissie don’t it?...mmm…sings songs an’ talks to us, it does. Even the birds tell us things about the land, they do. Mopoke’s a bad fella, comes out in the night, hey…I like ‘im though….ah yeah he should be...yeah…he’s got to be there…he’s got to be there… but he’s one of the birds too, that tells you things. When the mopoke calls your name…mmm… an’ you know you’re gone…you’re gone and nothing can stop you…nothing can stop you, because that’s what he is…that’s his business. This is the spirituality that we’ve got an’ we walk this land and we listen an’ we see’ em all…mmm…an’ hear ‘em all, we’re sisters...an’ because we love the land, we get messages from this and that.