Stephanie Dorwick | Author | Your Name Is Not Anxious
Meet the Senior Australian of the Year, 2021, Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann

‘Now is the time for you to come closer to understand us and to understand how we live and listen to what the needs are in our communities.’

Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann

What a privilege it was for me to go to Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River) in the Northern Territory to meet the Senior Australian of the Year, 2021, Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann. It was far more than a day of delightful company; it was also a day of deep learning, especially about Dadirri. This is not just a spiritual practice taught by the world’s oldest surviving culture. It’s a way of being that Australia and the world could greatly benefit from. Above all, it returns us to a sense of BELONGING: belonging to one another and to the earth on which we depend. A link follows to my interview, published in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, which will give you a glimpse of this encounter, and to share what Dr Miriam-Rose so generously shared with me.