Uncle Gerry Turpin – NAIDOC Week | Honouring First Nations Heritage and Our Elders and Exploring Traditional Bush Medicine and Cultural Wisdom.

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Caroline Kell

Caroline Kell is a proud Mbarbrum women who was born and raised on Kulin Lands. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Blak Wattle Coaching and Consulting. Caroline is a Former Counsellor and Executive Director who is deeply passionate about the social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In this captivating episode, Caroline is accompanied by a truly exceptional guest who holds a special place in her heart—her beloved Uncle Gerry Turpin. Uncle Gerry is a proud Mbarbrum man from Far North Queensland, a distinguished Ethnobotanist, and TEDx Speaker,  a hobbyist guitarist, and all round legend. Gerry brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience on traditional bush medicine.

With the 2023 NAIDOC week theme, “For Our Elders”  resonating deeply, Caroline and Uncle Gerry engage in a heartfelt conversation about Uncle Gerry’s life. They explore the profound significance of NAIDOC  and what NAIDOC means to them both, and the many hard fought battles from our Elders and the importance of honouring and listening to our First Nations Elders.

Uncle Gerry share many personal

reflections, anecdotes about his personal life and his professional journey as an Ethnobotanist. We yarned about the opportunities which have emerged since receiving our traditional  land back, and how he wholeheartedly embraces his cultural responsibilities, demonstrating unwavering commitment to safeguarding, managing, sharing, and preserving the invaluable cultural wisdom surrounding traditional bush and plant medicine and usage.

Uncle Gerry’s passion for traditional bush medicine shines through as he unveils the incredible stories from which they originate.  Notably, he highlights the evolving landscape of Western Science and its intersection with First Nations knowledge, as well as the growing receptiveness towards traditional bush plants and medicine that has been an integral part of First Nations cultures for generations.

See Uncle Gerry’s TEDxtalk here.

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We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s First Peoples’ who have never ceded their sovereignty. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation where the podcast was recorded. We pay our deepest respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and Elders past, present and emerging.

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