Aurukun part 2: Black, white and shades of grey

A story of heartbreak, a journey across Australia to take an Aboriginal child, a bitter court case and, in the middle of it all, two people who loved their child.

This is the second in my two part series from Aurukun, an Indigenous community in far north Queensland, which is on the traditional country of the Wik peoples.

We’re charting the relationship between Dorothy Pootchemunka, a senior Wik woman, Dave Martin, a white engineer turned anthropologist, and their son Bruce Martin.

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Senior Wik woman, and Bruce’s mother, Dorothy Pootchemunka 

In part two, we find out what happened when Dorothy and Dave separated, what it was like for Bruce to grow up between Aurukun and mainstream Australia, and the different connections that all three of them have to Wik country and Wik people.

As Bruce says, “it’s not all black and white, it’s many shades of grey in our particular story.”

I produced this series for ABC RN’s Earshot. You can hear episode one here, episode two here, and an article I wrote for ABC News here.

 

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