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 In Historias

“It has given me a purpose. It’s showed me that there is a way to share knowledge, to share experiences, and to share a country”.

I was born in Broome, I grew up in Derby, and at the moment I live in the Djarindjin community. Djarindjin is on the tip of the Dampier peninsula.

I’ve gone out there, away from here, to find my roots. As a teenager, going over to Queensland, meeting different people with different attitudes and opinions, and learning how to live out of my comfort zone was an experience for me. It taught me how to live with other people, that it was ok to have a different opinion than others, and to respect opinions of others as well.

Djarindjin has a lighthouse. It was built in about 1911. Local people there manned it at various stages of its lifetime, until about 1986 when the lighthouse became automated. The freehold title was given back to the Bardi people, and the Bardi people made a decision to start up a tourism resort there. It has since evolved into an eco-friendly tourism resort and wilderness camp – Kooljaman. It has been operating as such for the past 15 years.

It has made me I think a role model for the younger people in the community, to see that there is a career in tourism. And you can make a comfortable living from that. But I think for me it is more of a lifestyle, more of a desire to impart knowledge and share experiences.

I have started my own business and my main dream for the future is to see young community people stepping up and doing what I do, learning from myself and others up there who are leaders in the tourism sector in the peninsula, and hopefully one day seeing them be managers of our resort, to bring other young Bardi people along with them on the ride.

Brian Lee, Australia

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