A commitment to listening (ngikalikarra) to the many and varied ways that Aboriginal people of Australia connect with and protect country has become a central focus to the work of Ngikalikarra.
We also work more broadly with a diverse range of people, organisations and communities from many different nations, clans and countries.
Our work also encompasses the challenges that Australia and other countries face as rampant and often unchecked development proceeds irrespective of the collective views and experience of traditional custodians. We often find ourselves at the centre of these disputes and our working principles ensure that we are bringing in those voices which would otherwise be omitted.
We have discovered a depth in listening to the many and varied ways that successive governments have served themselves in direct opposition to the well being of communities and we are often called upon for our opinions on issues that affect people, carefully separating our personal opinions from that of others.
The photos here depict Alexander Hayes returning to the Iga Warta community of South Australia in December 2017 where he was met with the Andyamanthana people and given valuable feedback to complete a film that Ngikalikarra had made featuring Clifford and Sharpie Coulthard called 'Protecting Country' - https://youtu.be/JATL6GTIcb0