on Jeremy Donovan
I had wanted to speak with Jeremy personally, as with my conversations thus far with Susun Weed and Steve Beyer, but for a variety of reasons that has yet to occur. In the interim, it seems topical given recent posts, I have to share an interview graciously offered by creative collaborator Liz Thompson, recorded at Nayri Niari Festival, on Bruny Island, Tasmania.
© Liz Thompson
Jeremy is descended from the Kuku-Yalanji tribe and travels widely to share his love of, and desire for broader transmission of, his cultural heritage. Jeremy is an acclaimed Yidaki player, visual artist, keynote speaker and healer. His bio on his website here says
In 2009 Jeremy rebirthed his performing and arts career. Jeremy has once again become very focussed on the development of his music, art and sharing his intimate knowledge of Traditional Healing and Sacred Ceremony. Jeremy is determined to share with others the Sacredness of his Culture to help break down the walls of ignorance. While working with youth is no longer Jeremy's fulltime focus, Jeremy will still travel to remote communities working with youth development. Jeremy will also maintain a close working relationship with those youth living in the Urban areas who are battling with their Identity the same battle Jeremy once faced. 2010 has seen Jeremy work Alongside the Dalai Lama, Louise Hay, Wayne Dywer, Greg Braden and Rev Michael Beckwith. As Jeremy establishes himself as a leading voice for the people. Jeremy has an ability that when he speaks or performs it evokes emotions in all of the Audience.
The following offering is made with an example of Jeremy's interpretation of his traditional music at the outset, and in closing is held by an icaro offered by Don Lucho, from that culture of medicine which Jeremy explains has offered him much by way of personal healing.
Thanks to Liz, Jeremy and Don Lucho for allowing this cross cultural sharing.