Collisions is a virtual reality journey to the homeland of indigenous elder Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian Pilbara desert.
The Martu lived largely untouched by Western culture until the 1960’s. Nyarri’s first contact with western culture came in the 1950s, when he witnessed, firsthand and with no context, an atomic test. Nyarri offers us a view to what he saw and, reflecting on this extraordinary event, shares his perspective on the Martu way to care for the planet.
We see an epic tree surrounded by charred, smoldering ground. We watch as Nyarri begins to set ablaze the low spinifex surrounding the tree. This is Martu knowledge, creating mosaics of controlled burning to prevent wild fires and generate new growth. We are seeing in action what 1400 generations of habitation in one place leads to: a form of relationship with country that sustains and preserves it. As Nyarri leaves the growing blaze he asks, “Who will take care of this fire for the ones who are on their way?”
Nyarri Nyarri Morgan
Cori Shepherd Stern
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY