Yolngu man Mayila Wununggur is an accomplished artist as well as a senior Park Ranger in Yirrkala. Like many others in the community his life revolves around a connection to traditional culture and the land. In his words, “It is a beautiful and simple life to live”. Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia. David Maurice Smith/Oculi.
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Uncle Cyril Alfred Johnson. At age 69, he is nearly doubling the shocking average male life expectancy of 35 yrs in Wilcannia. To put this in context, the average life expectancy for a non-Aboriginal man in Australia is almost 80 yrs.
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12 yr old Sebastian Hunter and his dog Lawson (left) and 9 yr old Darryl “BJ” Johnson and his dog Rolly in Wilcannia, NSW, Australia.
In addition to being loyal companions, These dogs are fierce hunters and protectors. The previous day Lawson ran down and killed a full grown male kangaroo that strayed too close to town. David Maurice Smith/Oculi.
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Mother Nature often serves up a light show to end the day in Wilcannia, NSW, Australia. In many ways the physical environment of this place is paralleled in the spirit of its’ residents. In one stroke it can serve up incredible brutality, however there are always instances of immeasurable beauty. David Maurice Smith/Oculi.
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A hand scarred and broken tells the story of a lifestyle of violent pursuits: street fighting and rugby league. It belongs to “Uncle Ash”, a Barkindji man with a gigantic heart to match the size of his fearsome reputation. In a town where one’s ability to unleash violence creates both safety and status, Uncle Ash sits at the top of the ladder. February 7, 2014. David Maurice Smith/Oculi.