In episode 33 of the Black Magic Woman Podcast I yarn with Aunty Pat Mamanyjun Torres who is connected to the Jabirr-Jabirr, Nyul-Nyul, Bard, Djugun, Yawuru, and Garajarri lands of Western Australia.
In 2018, Aunty Pat graduated with a Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics degree through the Charles Darwin University at the Batchelor Institute, to record the remnants of language for her family’s Djugun and Jabirr-Jabirr languages.
Aunty Pat is Owner/Director of the Mamanyjun Tree Enterprises Pty Ltd company which features Mayi Harvests and a cultural consultancy business called Mamanyjun Cultural Training. Aunty Pat together with a dedicated group of First Nations women are passionate about the development of the Native foods industry and the teaching of Aboriginal cultural knowledge systems about plants for the preservation and maintenance of ancient cultural practices that involve plants as food and as herbal remedies.
who was born and raised in Redfern (Sydney) Australia and currently lives in Queensland. The Black Magic Woman Podcast is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly First Nations people from Australia and around the world sharing their stories about their journey to highlight the diversity amongst First Nations peoples and the resilience of her people. She hopes these stories inspire her listeners and also create a better understanding of what First Nations Peoples culture and history. Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do. Mundanara makes people feel relaxed and comfortable as if they were sitting around the kitchen table just having a yarn. It’s the way First Nations people have been building relationships and getting to know each other for tens of thousands of years. She draws from a long family history in the media industry and has grown up in culturally strong, politically active family who have been at the forefront of the Aboriginal Rights movement since the 1960’s. Mundanara sees this platform as an opportunity to share her cultural knowledge and insights to her audience in a non confrontational way that brings people along with her to create change for a better Australia. To connect more with Mundanara check out the work she does with her elders at www.theblackcard.com.au.