Kanyini (Bob Randall)
|Summary||The four dimensions of aboriginal life.|
Resurgence 243 article by Bob Randall
The four dimensions of aboriginal life.
The word Kanyini means responsibility and unconditional love for all of creation and it envelops the four principles of aboriginal life:
Tjukurrpa – Creation Period (or what non-aboriginals call ‘dreamtime’)
Kurunpa – Spirit, Soul, Psyche
Walytja – Family, Kinship
Ngura – Land, Home, Place or Mother
Kanyini is best expressed in English as the combination of the two words ‘responsibility’ and ‘love’, but it is actually a relationship; it is an enormous caring with no limit – it has no timeframe: it is eternal. Our purpose is to live with the Kanyini principles of unconditional, unlimited love. After all, that is what we get from Earth Mother; that is what we get from Sun Mother (female energy) and that is what we get from Moon Father (male energy). They look after everything – in the realm of caring by these two mothers, all are brothers and sisters! It makes everything so easy and so natural.
Bob Randall was born in 1934 in the Central Desert region of the Northern Territory, Australia. He is a member of the Yankunytjatjara people and one of the listed traditional owners of Uluru (Ayers Rock). At a young age, Bob was taken away from his mother under government policy. He never saw her again. He was sent to a receiving home for indigenous children and he remained in government institutions until he was twenty. While still a teenager, he married Amy, a member of the Amadjera Tribe, who had also been taken from her family.
Bob’s lifelong efforts to re-establish aboriginal rights and culture were recognised in 1999 when he was named Indigenous Person of the Year at the National Aboriginal and Islander Day of Celebration awards.
Bob is the author of two books: his autobiography Songman and a children’s book, Tracker Tjginji, which was part of the 2004 Sydney Writers’ Festival. His most recent collaboration is with film director Melanie Hogan who has produced the compelling film Kanyini, which looks at the world’s oldest living culture and how it has been ravaged by the “whitefella”.