The past has its place in the future. Djargurtwoorroong elder, Wombeetch Puyuun is teaching Scottish-born settler Isabella Dawson his aboriginal tongue so that her father, James Dawson, can write his book on the customs and languages of Victoria's first people. But how can language preserve the past in a land where time overwhelms words? Meanwhile, contemporary Australians from the Volcanic Plains of Victoria’s Western District meditate on the passing of time in a place of sheep, algae, eels, lava and stars. Susan Cole and Janice Austin, descendents of Isabella and Wombeetch’s people, meet for the first time, and reflect on Wombeetch’s friendship with James, and what it means to be ‘the last of your tribe.’

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