Bush University, Land of the Lightning Brothers


Paul has been a student of Wardaman Aboriginal Elder Yidumduma Bill Harney for over 25 years and presents Bush University
Land Of the Lightning Brothers, a presentation of rock art, with associated Creation Stories, didgeridoo, songs, dance and video clips from Bill's Wardaman homeland in the Victoria River region of Australia's Northern Territory.

Using immersive, multi-media storytelling Paul draws from the ancient Aboriginal cosmology, offering a gateway into the world’s oldest living culture – in what Wardaman Elder Yidumduma Bill Harney calls Bush University. Bush University is the Aboriginal term for the School of Nature, paying attention to all living things, the land and the stars. These are spiritually alive and constantly teaching us, reminding us of our primary role to care for the natural world.

The Bush University teaches us to be the custodians, to "Care for Country."

Bush University can be adapted to any audience and can feature;

   - An introduction to Aboriginal Culture, Wisdom and the Dreaming
   - Overview of European settlement, the Convicts and Colonization
   - Bill growing up in two worlds, the Traditional and Cattle Industry
   - The Stolen Generation
   - Wardaman Creation Story in rock art
   - The three major Creators, Gorrondolmi Rainbow, Dungdung Frog Lady and Nardi Sky Boss.
   - Lightning Brothers Story and rock art
   - Moon, Spirit Children, Possum Rebirth Story with rock art
   - Animal/Bird/ Insect images and rock art
   - Didjeridoo making

Under Bill's guidance, Paul directs the Yubulyawan Dreaming Project YDP, a dedicated effort to video document and share the wonderful cultural heritage and wisdom of Yidumduma. Here you can see many video clips of Bill sharing his culture in his own words.

Yidumduma Bill Harney is an Elder and Senior Male Aboriginal custodian of the Wardaman people of the Victoria,
Flora, and Katherine River Districts of the Northern Territory of Australia. Born in MUY MUY clan country in the early 1930's, Yidumduma is of the YUBULYAWAN clan.

Raised and educated in Wardaman traditional ceremony, Yidumduma is the last fully initiated Wardaman man and speaks seven languages. He worked at an early age on cattle stations and throughout his life has prospered in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous worlds.

He has been described as one of Australia's living 'National Treasures'.