This event has been postponed, new dates TBA.
Well of Tears, Visions of Hope is a three-day yarning circle and part of 2020 VISION; SEEING WITH BOTH EYES in collaboration with Arrernte Elder, Pelterre Chris Tomlins’, Dreaming Australia and Hazel Davis’, Making Peasce, and Peacebus (Graham Dunstan). Well of Tears, Visions of Hope offers three days of yarning circles for those who wish to focus on truth telling in relation to the massacres of First People of this continent.
These massacres are still widely denied, down-played or ignored. We cannot bring about justice, create peace, come to reconciliation or live in harmony on this continent without a truthful understanding and full recognition of these genocides and the resulting long-term consequences.
The yarning circles will create a flow throughout the three days
TRUTH-TELLING AND DEEP LISTENING
First People and new-Australians will find a respectful space for grief and sorrow, a space in which to acknowledge the reality and scope of the massacres, the immeasurable loss and anguish for the first people, the truth that this loss and anguish did not end with the end of a massacre, but continues on to this day.
Our intention is to equally offer a space in which non-indigenous people can and will find a place for their sorrow and shame, especially, if their families were part of these atrocities and in this also find a way to grieve.
RECOGNISING THE ON-GOING EFFECTS
The second day will focus on how the massacres lead to stolen country, loss of connection, culture, language, sacred sites and stolen children – we need to understand that the environmental destruction of this continent would not have taken place – no destruction of coral reefs, rivers, soil, flora and fauna, no mining, no industrial agriculture and so on – if the rightful custodians had been able to care for country in the right way. The First People recognise this continent as the Mother Country – the birth place of all life. We need to understand: the first day of the first massacre was the first day of the destruction of this planet.
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE = RESTORING CUSTODIANSHIP
The third day, we will move focus on restorative justice and what role we can play in bringing this about. Restorative justice must include self-determination and autonomy made possible by economic justice for the First People of this country. It must address education, health, suicide prevention (especially in consideration of young First People of this country) in forms or ways acceptable and appropriate to culture/s. This justice must be built on restoring custodianship of country and restoring powers of decision-making to the rightful custodians.
As the content of these circles is deeply challenging and transforming we will limit the actual yarning to 4 hours per day, presented in two two-hour blocks. We will offer time for quiet reflection and creative activities. Art supports us to take the raw material of our emotions and thoughts and to transform it through creative will-activity into something more ‘our own’ and communality shared. It allows us to access things we cannot grasp with rational through alone and it offers a ‘voice’ where all else falls silent.
Please stay tuned for further details and descriptions of these activities.
These three days are only a first step.
The key, in all yarning circles, is listening. If this is change-making you wish to be part of, please join us, please pass this on to others who may wish to come, so that we hear and learn and change together.
Excerpt from ‘In Search of the Great Song’ (82 minutes / April, 2016), a documentary exploring the song at the heart of all life. This segment features Lewis Walker, traditional leader of the Bundjalung tribe of Southeast Australia, together with Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, shaman elder from Greenland.