Q&A Week 1. Aboriginal primitive?

These videos were originally released in weekly groups of three videos. So welcome to our first three Q&A videos!


Q1. Richard addresses a statement that is heard frequently. “Aboriginal people were so primitive they didn’t even invent the wheel”.


Q.2 There are lots of skill-based programs rolled out into Aboriginal communities. But what skills are really needed?

Q.3 What can an employer do to help an Aboriginal person join and remain in the workforce?

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About Richard Trudgen

Richard was born in Orange NSW and trained as a fitter and turner. He moved to Arnhem Land in the NT in 1973 and became a community worker, learning to speak Djambarrpuyŋu. Has now worked with Yolŋu people for over 45 years. He was the CEO of Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (ARDS) for 10 years during which time he developed discovery education methodology with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM and also established Yolŋu Radio in 2003. He is the author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die and facilitated ‘Bridging the Gap’ seminars, and delivered corporate training across Australia. He is currently the CEO of Why Warriors Pty Ltd, a community development social enterprise organisation working with Yolngu people. He spends his day writing, producing podcasts and building online learning platforms, producing videos and working face to face with Yolngu. He is also involved in building online cross-cultural training material to build understanding between Indigenous peoples and the Dominant Culture.


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  1. Jane Lehmann

    Hi please can you explain to me the choice of the title “Why Warriors Lie down and Die” for your book. I grew up in Scotland in the 60s and 70s and remember very little that I learned in school about Australia and aboriginal people. However,one thing that always stuck in my mind was being taught that aboriginal people were capable of lying down and dying if their life was being threatened. I understood this to be a form of controlling one’s destiny and over the years this idea of being connected to a higher power seemed amazing to me.I understood it to be a form of complete trust and letting go of the physical body. I am not sure if this is my interpretation or if i even remember correctly what I was taught but is something that has fascinated me for years and so I would really appreciate your views Yours sincerely Jane Lehmann.

  2. Patrick Steinemann

    As a non Aboriginal Australian living in Hawaii, I am very keen on hearing the Aboriginal Voice , which missing from main stream media, yet a fundamental voice for humanity.
    In the Q&A Video Serie, which I greatly enjoy watching, it is mentioned to contact if we have a question to ask that we would like to see a video about. I would like to ask of Richard Trudgen to explain whether in Aboriginal Mythology and Religion, exist stories relating to the Apocalypse. It seems to me that they all concern themselves instead with Creation as opposed to monotheist religion that focus on fear and end of the world scenario, It would be interesting to know. Keep up the good work!