Maintaining focus on family and cultural sharing during COVID

Coronavirus simply can't keep Gunditjmara man, husband, father and cultural educator Uncle Trevor Gallagher from his love of sharing culture

Maintaining focus on family and cultural sharing during COVID

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 31 August 2020

 

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Gunditjmara man, member of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, husband, father and cultural educator Uncle Trevor Gallagher joins Connection Matters Radio to provide a view into his life during Melbourne’s coronavirus social restrictions.

When asked about changes to his life during lockdowns, Uncle Trevor was, as to be expected, blunt and to the point.

“It’s isolation! As a 67-year old Aboriginal person, isolation is like being locked up in a cell; and Aboriginal people don’t like that at all!

“It’s hurt me. It’s hurt my wife. It’s hurt my kids,” he told CMR. “It’s just been terrible.”

 

Continuing with cultural education and sharing

Despite the social restrictions imposed across Melbourne and Victoria, it takes more than that to stop Uncle Trevor from one of his greatest loves – cultural education and sharing.

With a camera pointed squarely at him, and the video being either captured or streamed direct to schools, he sits on a comfortable chair in his backyard, lights a fire and starts talking.

With his ten-year old daughter controlling the camera or playing the clap-sticks, and his 13-year old son on the didj, Uncle Trevor shares his culture with hundreds of primary school students at a time.

“[Coronavirus] has never stopped me from [sharing my culture],” Uncle Trevor stated.

…much more in the interview above (click the play button)

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