Paul Hingston, a Warumungu man, Indigenous health nurse and former employee of the Australian War Memorial, is committed to his remote community in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory. Providing a solid role model, he seeks to arouse curiosity in young people, give inspiration to those who crave it, and trace stories of reconciliation and unison in Australia from the trenches of the Great War.
“The Barkly region is particularly badly affected by youth suicide, violence and a deep sense of hopelessness. This is my country. By bringing the stories of proud servicemen and women to kids I hope to ignite interest, inspire learning and hope.”
Last year, Paul’s Warumungu mob and members of the Aluwwaru, Jingili and Walpri people made kayin (angled throwing sticks commonly known as boomerang) and held an overnight appeasement ceremony on country. Limbs from a hardwood tree were cut, cured and made into kayin, then bound together into a cross with wallaby hide, and decorated with paint and feathers. An overnight singing ceremony infused warrior spirit into the two kayin.