Miriam Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann

Indigenous elder, artist and educator Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM named the 2021 Senior Australian of the Year


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[Excerpt] Dadirri our greatest gift to Australia, says Indigenous elder and 2021 Senior Australian of the Year

Congratulations to Indigenous elder, artist and educator Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM for being named the 2021 Senior Australian of the Year. Apart from her artwork, and work in education, she is perhaps best known for her reflections on dadirri – “inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness”. Dadirri, she says, “is perhaps the greatest gift [Aboriginal Australians] can give to our fellow Australians… dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It is something like what you call ‘contemplation’”. The following reflection on dadirri, which is a speech she gave in 2002 when she was Principal of a Catholic primary school in Daly River in the Northern Territory, also seeks to integrate dadirri with her faith as a Christian:

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See a talk, and also a suggestion as to how to experience dadirri, at: Document31 (dadirri.org.au)