A Spiritual Celebration of Land, Spirit and Wisdom - Kanyini - 40,000 years of culture.
Aborigine Elder and Wiseman Bob Randall
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Uncle Bob's Story
Uncle Bob Randall was born around 1927 in the bush of the Central
Desert region of the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. He is
a“Tjilpi” (special teaching uncle) of the Yankunytjatjara Nation and
one of the listed traditional keepers of the great monolith, Uluru.
At about age 7, Bob was taken away from his mother and family under
government policy which forcibly removed all half-caste
(half-Aboriginal) children from their families. He was one of
thousands of Aboriginal children who were placed in institutions
throughout Australia and came to be known as the “Stolen Generation.”
Like so many, he grew up alone, away from his family, and never saw
his mother again.
He was taken to a receiving home for indigenous children in Alice
Springs, NT, then later was moved to Croker Island Reservation in
Arnhem Land where he, like the other children, was given a new
identity and birth date. No records were kept of the Aboriginal
nation, family name, or identity of the Aboriginal children who were
Young Bob was kept in government institutions until he was twenty when
he, with new wife and baby, was banished for questioning white
authorities. He moved to Darwin and later to Adelaide, South
Australia, working, studying, and looking for his family and country
of belonging. After many years of heart-wrenching searches, he found
his roots and returned to his mother’s country where he lives today at
Mutitjulu Community beside Uluru (Ayers Rock).
Throughout his life, Uncle Bob has worked as an educator and leader
for equal rights of all living, land rights and responsibility to the
environment, Indigenous cultural awareness and preservation, and
community development. He established Croker Island Night and several
organizations in Darwin including the RRT Pony Club, Boxing Club, Folk
Club, the Aboriginal Development Foundation. He worked as a Counselor
through the Methodist Uniting Church and led a country music band that
serviced regional Aboriginal communities. Later, Uncle Bob helped
establish the Adelaide Community College for Aboriginal people, served
as the Director of the Australian Northern Territory Legal Aid
Service, performed on stage in “Child of the Night” and “Dream of
Reconciliation” and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Centers at Australian National University, University of Canberra, and
University of Wollongong.
In the early 1970s, Uncle Bob earned widespread recognition for his
song, “My Brown Skin Baby, They Take ‘Im Away,” which focused national
and international attention on the issues of the Stolen Generation.
This song exposed the government’s policy of stealing Aboriginal
children and opened the door for indigenous story songwriters
throughout Australia. It led to the filming of a documentary by the
same name that won the Bronze Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and
subsequently, the Australian government stopped taking children away
from their families.
His lifelong efforts to retain Aboriginal culture and restore equal
rights for all living were recognized in 1999 when he was named
Indigenous Person of the Year. In 2004, Uncle Bob Randall was inducted
into the NT Indigenous Music Hall of Fame, recognizing the historical
significance of his classic story songs, "My Brown Skin Baby, They
Take ‘Im Away" and "Red Sun, Black Moon."
Uncle Bob has authored four books, including his autobiography,
SONGMAN, and 3 books for children: TRACKER TJUGINJI, STORIES FROM
COUNTRY, and NYUNTU NINTI He contributed his personal story of being
stolen to the anthology, STORIES OF BELONGING: FINDING WHERE YOUR TRUE
SELF LIVES, published in 2009. In 2006, Uncle Bob co-produced and
narrated the award-winning documentary, “Kanyini.” “Kanyini” was
voted "best documentary" at the London Australian Film Festival 2007,
winner of the “Inside Film Independent Spirit Award”, and winner of
the Discovery Channel Best Documentary Award in 2006.
Uncle Bob continues to write and teach throughout the world,
presenting teachings based on the Anangu (central desert Aboriginal
nation) “Kanyini” principles of caring for the environment and each
other with unconditional love and responsibility. His tireless
dedication calls indigenous people to reclaim their Aboriginal
identities and re-gain lives of purpose, so that the relevance of
ancient wisdom to modern living is understood. Uncle Bob Randall is a
living bridge between cultures and between world nations, creating
lines of understanding so that indigenous and non-indigenous people
can live and learn together, heal the past through shared experience
in the present, sharing a way of being that allows us, once again, to
live in oneness and harmony with each other and all things.
Dr. Mary Jo Bulbrook, CEMP/S/I, CHTP, HTCP, Healing Touch Instructor
Dr. Bulbrook is a master teacher, medical / spiritual intuitive and healer who has been working with energy based therapies since 1976 along side her university positions as a professor in nursing. She was visiting professor at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia in 1990 and has pioneered this advanced work in several countries. She has been connected to Bob since 1994 when they first met in New Zealand. Over the years they have toured together presenting at such prestigious conferences as International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine, Healing Touch International and Energy Medicine Partnerships Internaitonal.
Together they have led tours both in the USA and in Australia.
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