Archie Roach sang to me

Archie Roach sang to me

Melbourne Museum features high on our list of things to do in the city and recently I was drawn to the Koorie Voices exhibition in the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre. I’ve been to Bunjilaka before but on previous visits I had missed out on meeting Archie Roach. Yes, there in the flesh – singing to me. OK it’s a video but this is Archie Roach we’re talking about and it feels like he is sitting in front of you. Singing. Old. Mission. Road.

For those of you who do not know Archie Roach, he is an Indigenous Australian singer/songwriter. He is the voice in the back of our heads when we think about the struggles of Indigenous people in Australia.

It’s impossible for me not to draw this experience back to my work for so much of the Koorie exhibition is about the spirit of the ancestors present in their lives.

I asked my spiritual masters this – do other cultures have a name for Li? And the answer was ‘Cultures that value their ancestors know Li for they feel their presence, honour their memory and remember their souls. In this way they connect with the path that knows no time – for the path that is one stands outside time’.

For the sake of clarity, the path of Li is not the Dao. For Li is the path of the ancestors, not of man. Li is the path that connects man past death through birth to birth.

I can’t wait to go back to this exhibition. Heartfelt thanks to Museums Victoria for not requiring payment from low income families.

Wishing you Health and Happiness,

Naja.