Cross-cultural consultant and educator
Timothy Trudgen works as a cross-cultural educator who negotiates two cultures. He provides education and training to Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians to help them understand each other’s worlds. For those working with Indigenous people Tim can help you understand the complexities of Aboriginal culture, the causes of the crises facing Indigenous people, and provide you with skills and approaches to work effectively with Indigenous people.
Tim has worked closely with the Yolngu people of north east Arnhem Land as an educator and consultant for 9 years and has completed formal qualifications in Anthropology to facilitate his ongoing cross-cultural work. He excels at interpreting Aboriginal culture for dominant culture Australians, and explaining in practical terms the complexities that arise between the social mainstream and Aboriginal minorities. In 2002 he began to present cross-cultural training seminars to those working with Indigenous people. In this role Tim draws on his extensive personal experience of language and culture, his ongoing work in the field, and on the wealth of knowledge gained from the thirty five years that his family have been working closely with Aboriginal people. His formal qualifications also enable him to tailor training to account for the diversity in Indigenous cultures and histories across Australia.
Timothy Trudgen spent his early formative years in Arnhem Land in the small Aboriginal community of Ramingining, where his father, Richard Trudgen, was working in community development. His family moved to central west New South Wales, but returned to the Northern Territory, just as Tim was starting High School. During this time Tim took a close interest in his father’s work and began to learn about the Yolngu people of north east Arnhem Land, taping into Richard’s extensive knowledge of Yolngu culture and experience in community development in Aboriginal communities.
Tim completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in 2000. However, he soon felt a need to reconnect with the Aboriginal people he knew as a child and the culture he had learnt about through his fathers work. He returned to Arnhem Land to learn the local language and more about the Yolngu world first hand. In this time he spent 3 months living with a Yolngu family in the community of Ramingining, under their tutelage. It was out of conversations with the Yolngu people at this time that he was persuaded to shift his focus to helping Yolngu overcome the problems they face.
Tim returned to work in Arnhem Land full time as an educator in 2001. This involved adult education in several Aboriginal communities using the Yolngu language, cultural concepts, and live microscopy, to dialogue around important health related concepts. Recognising the importance of business development from 2002 Tim also began developing facilitation and training methods to develop family controlled small businesses within Arnhem Land. His language and cross-cultural skills have made him accessible and trusted in his roles with Aboriginal people, and his knowledge of traditional culture has helped him in finding creative solutions to overcome communication and educational barriers. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Anthropology in 2007 to improve his skills in representing cross cultural issues to others.
Tim, with his wife Kama, relocated to Galiwin'ku in NE Arnhem Land in 2009 to work on a groundbreaking non-profit venture. AHED - Arnhem Human Enterprise Development - works to facilitate the dreams and goals of Indigenous people and works to return control of their lives, future and communities to the people.
Why Warriors Pty Ltd provides training for personnel and Organisations working with Indigenous people or communities.
Why Warriors Lie Down and Die
“Many books have been written about the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land (NT Australia). This one is very different. It speaks of about the real situation that we face every day, a reality that is hard for people of another culture to imagine.”
Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra