Keeping Country Live


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Although inspired by the life, knowledge, and world of Ruby Yarrowin (pictured above, 1960s, with first six children), Karrabing is not a clan, not a language group, not a nation. It is an aspiration. In Emiyengal, "karrabing" refers to the point at which the tide has reach it lowest point. Tide out! There is will stay until it turns, making its way back to shore. Karrabing does not have the negative connotations of the English phrase, low tide. There is nothing "low" about the tide reaching karrabing. All kinds of potentialities spring forward. In the coastal region stretching from Nganthawudi to Milik, a deep karrabing opens a shorter passage between mainland and islands. In some places, reefs rise as the water recedes. A road is revealed.

The Karrabing Indigenous Corporation seeks to integrate their parents and grandparents ways of life into their contemporary struggles to educate their children, create economically sustainable cultural and environmental businesses, and support their homeland centres. The Karrabing Film Collective makes films that analyse and represent their contemporary lives. But they also believe that in making their films they are keeping the country alive by acting on their country—not merely making a film representing their lives in the country, but paying attention to their country as they make a film in and about it.

KIC has written, acted, and produced two short features and is currently working to develop a mobile app for a GPS based transmedia project.