‘I think that’s the best one yet!’ exclaimed 90 year old Jack Featherstone of the recent festival. He might even know – since he’s been involved in all eight.
The programme this time was very diverse and inspiring but among my favourites was a short film titled ‘The Quarry’ by Stuart Cohen and narrated by Aboriginal archaeologist from the Office of Environment and Heritage, Dave Johnston. Why? Because, not only is it stunningly beautiful and a good story, but it embodies the spirit of the Two Fires Festival.
Judith Wright worked tirelessly throughout her life to protect and preserve the natural environment and to honour and respect our Indigenous peoples. In this story, both of her goals come together with simple elegance.
A stone axe quarry has been discovered on private land – ‘Millpost’, near Bungendore, NSW. For thousands of years this would have been a very special place for the local Aboriginal groups. One family’s generous sharing of the site with Indigenous people whose traditional country this is, has been a journey into the unknown – brave, rare and much appreciated.
It is hoped that this example will lead the way for other non-indigenous landholders to open precious sites on their properties (without fear of Native Title or tenure change) and enter into partnerships with Aboriginal custodians.
In the 21st century we all need to walk into the future together with confidence and co-operation.
To view the Quarry Video, Click This Link
Congratulations to the 2019 2FF Committee and Volunteers.