The Doctor Man’s lair: a sonic journey with Anangu Ngangkari
Almost a year ago I journeyed to Australia's Central Desert to travel and record with the Anangu Ngangkari who live and practice their healing science there. In collaboration with photographer, writer, radio producer and documentary filmmaker Liz Thompson, I travelled with and recorded the stories of Cyril Nalkin McKenzie, Gordon Ingkatji, Kunmanara Ken and Sam Wimitja Watson.
It was a great privilege to be afforded that opportunity and I'm also deeply gratified to be able to share some of that journey more widely by dint of a piece commissioned by ABC RN's Soundproof.
This piece was made possible as a result of a prior relationship with Dr Francesca Panzironi, the CEO of the Anangu Ngangkari Tjukuta Aboriginal Corporation and author of the Hand in Hand report. Stay tuned for further news of collaborative efforts twixt ANTAC and myself.
I'm deeply grateful to all the Anangu Ngangkari who offered so generously of their stories, but particularly to Cyril, Mr. Watson and his wife Monica for the long miles travelled, replete with stories altogether too rich and deep to squeeze into 50 minutes of radio.
I'm also deeply grateful to Country, who showed us [with the proper introduction and company] the power and majesty of country cared for and revivified with story, dance and song.
Thanks to Thomas Holder of PY media for so generously providing the Pitjantjatjara translations and to Bill Davis for facilitating that process.
Thanks to Caroline Bush, Richard Anderson Mango and Billy MacPherson for giving voice to the Pitjantjatjara language in words we English speakers can understand.
Thanks to Julie Shapiro, Russell Stapelton and all at a beleaguered CAU at RN.
Thanks to Liz, for her creative vision and tireless work to support and broaden understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Straight culture amongst the broader Australian community.
Thanks to all the Doctor men, the Tjukuritja, the Saints, the Spirits.