The life story of well known local Aboriginal elder and pastor, Uncle Ossie Cruse, has been recorded by local filmmaker Toni Houston and will be featured on Australia Story on ABC TV tonight, 3 July at 8pm as part of NAIDOC Week.
A main focus of Uncle Ossie’s work now is the “Healing Through Learning” project which helps young people to re-engage with their Aboriginal culture. A key part of this is the development of the Bundian Way, an ancient ancestral pathway lined with Indigenous artefacts and early European settler ruins, which he hopes will become a cultural tourism pilgrimage.
“The Peacemaker”, premiers on Australian Story, ABC TV, on Monday 3 July at 8pm or on ABC iview.
Read the ABC News story Uncle Ossie Cruse: One of Australia’s last ‘great Aboriginal patriarchs’ by Quentin McDermott here
To read more about the Bundian Way, see these stories from past CMN newsletters: