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WorldWild Podcast

 Episode 59 14th June 2022

Missing Each Other with Richard Trudgen

Richard Trudgen joins us from Arnhem Land, Northern Australia, to talk about his work with the Yolngu people on issues of community education, language, health and traditional food systems. In cross-cultural contexts, there is a lot of 'missing' going on. People missing each other. Their true meanings. Their entire world view. So: how can we connect? Cultural learning is key, says Richard, who authored Why Warriors Lie Down and Die. Tune in as we talk about the potential for discovery through education...


'We live right in the middle of tragedy. that's our daily life'

About Richard Trudgen


Richard Trudgen has been a pioneering figure in community education and development for over 50 years, of which 42 have been spent working alongside the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Richard speaks Djambarrpuyŋu and was CEO of Aboriginal Resource Development Services (ARDS) for more than 10 years. He responded to the request of Yolngu elders and built Yolngu Radio in 2003 as a community education service. Richard spent 15 years presenting the Bridging The Gap seminars to audiences across Australia to fund Yolngu Radio and is the author of the seminal book on intra-culture relationships, “Why Warriors Lie Down and Die“.

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About the show


We offer a series of conversations to tap into the wildness within ourselves and to uncover what is possible when we do. It is our hope that through the WorldWild Podcast we can contribute to the revitalisation of wild food culture and conversation around the world.


Through people who know their landscapes intimately, we gather the threads to weave a rich tapestry. Piece by piece the vision of a wilder world comes into view. The wild embrace of nature welcomes us back and offers us a seat at the table. A feast, no less!



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