Life and Learning
Tim Kanoa expresses his culture through dance. He is proud of his Aboriginality and has been living and learning from the day he was born.
Click here to listen to Tim Kanoa talk about the process of making this film.
-Tim and I have had an absolute ball being your school captains this year. I hope we've done the right thing by all of you. This is a great school to be at and an absolute privilege to be the captains of, so I thank the people that put us here. It's just been amazing.
TIMMY KANOA (VOICEOVER): My life so far has been a life of learning, living, culture, and fun. I express my culture through dance and I have done so for many years. When I'm on stage dancing, I feel a great sense of pride I'm a Gunditjmara man. I love my culture and I'm proud of my Aboriginality.
Learning for me is a major part of my life. You actually do learn something every day. I started my life of learning the day I was born. I learned to see, hear, touch, smell, taste, and also steal my dad's money and smokes. I come from Portland on the coast in the Western district of Victoria. When I was in secondry college, I was still young and naive and had a lot to learn. As the years went on, I think instead of growing out of my naive ways, I stopped learning.
Moving out of home at the age of 16 was not a wise decision, but it was the only option I had at the time. Living with two cousins and no discipline, I had to fend for myself, drinking, partying, and not attending school. I failed year 11 and dropped out. I had time to think and make the choice to go back. It was the only way I was going to get anywhere in life. When I made it to year 12, there was no turning back. I was nominated to school captain and after the selection process, to my surprise, I was named school captain for 2004.
Mr. Burkeston, I have to say something serious. We're finishing school. That's serious. I've been here for too long. That's very serious. And I'm going to miss you all. That's serious, too, especially all the staff that helped me anyway. Thanks.
Now, I'm living in Melbourne pursuing my goals and ambitions. I'm still learning.