This curriculum resource is based on an SBS Learn resource, developed in partnership with Reconciliation Australia and Weerianna Street Media. It is shaped around three short clips from the documentary film Connection to Country. Connection to Country follows the Aboriginal people of the Western Australian Pilbara as they battle to preserve Australia’s 50,000-year-old cultural heritage site from the ravages of a booming mining industry.
The Pilbara region sits on the Burrup Peninsula (or Murujuga) and is host to the largest concentration of rock art in the world, dating back over 50,000 years. It’s a dramatic and ancient landscape so sacred that some parts should only be seen by Traditional Owners. Director Tyson Mowarin shows the waves of industrialisation and development that threaten sites all over the region, and how he and the people of the Pilbara are fighting back by documenting the rock art, recording sacred sites and battling to get their unique cultural heritage recognised, recorded and celebrated.
*Advice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the resources may contain images, names and voices of people who have since passed away.