In north east Arnhem Land, the Yolngu people still live on their land, acting as custodians for their country. A senior Indigenous ranger Yumutjin Wunungmurra (pictured), said when I interviewed him a couple of weeks ago: “I learnt by listening and watching. My father never stopped singing to the country, calling up places and animals. I’m still singing his songs. The land and everything in it speaks to us. We know all their names and stories. When the wind blows a certain way, we know where the fish will be."
Searching for words to explain his connection to country, Yumutjin turned and struck the tree behind him with passion, exclaiming: "This tree is my mother!"
Now that's what I call connected to country!