Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy.
Aboriginal rights campaigner, educator and artist Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann has been named the 2021 NT Senior Australian of the Year for her work in driving reconciliation throughout her professional and personal life.
In 1988, Miriam presented a paper at a conference entitled Dadirri - Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness at conference. This beautifully concise explanation of the spiritual dimension of Aboriginal culture has since been utilised by people working in diverse settings and in private meditations all over the globe.
Miriam has become a spokesperson for this important aspect of the Aboriginal worldview and is reguarly invited to share dadirri with groups all around the Australia and further abroad.
In 2013, Miriam established the Miriam Rose Foundation to continue her work advocating for experiences that allow Indigenous youth to learn to ‘walk in two worlds’ - Aboriginal culture and mainstream Western culture. The Foundation is also producing resources to help spread the message of dadirri, and creating opportunities for people to learn about it from Miriam and her mob on their Country (Nauiyu, Daly River, Northen Territory, Australia.
In this interview recorded in 2017 Miriam explains the concept of dadirri to Paul Wiles.
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