WARNING: Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that this content contains images and voices of deceased persons.
This tale produced by Lois Cook and her family very intimately shares the brutal, mostly untold history of what happened to the Nyangbul people of the NSW North Coast. You will be surprised at what Lois finds when she becomes history detective tracking down people and documents to see if the family's oral history is supported by other accounts from the 19th century. With the help of the staff of Ballina Library she discovers commentary by settlers and historians who were compelled to record the brutality against the local Indigenous people.
This video was created by Lois Cook and her family in an unique collaboration with ABC Multiplatform Executive Producer, Catherine Marciniak, in a series of video production workshops.
It is a special project for ABC North Coast's initiative UNTOLD.
Thanks to Lois and Lewis Cook and their extended family for sharing this story of great sadness with us and we acknowledge them for their resilience and courage.
Producer / Co-writer / Interviewer / Researcher / Casting
Supervising producer / Co-writer / Cinematographer / Sound Recordist / Editor
Additional camera and time-lapse photography
THE STAFF OF BALLINA LIBRARY
- Lewis Cook and the extended Cook family
- The children of the Cook family for their appearances in this video, and their parents for their permissions
- Betty Archer
- Artie Ferguson
- the staff of Ballina Library Staff
- Ballina District Riding for the Disabled
MIRAGE BY SWAGMAN DIDGERIDOO
MIST BY SWAGMAN DIDGERIDOO
WATCHING THE SKYLARKS BY DANIEL PEMBERTON BBCPM038 1
GREEN ANT DREAMING By DAVID COULTER BPM2006 19
HYPNOTIC BY DAVID MELLOR CAR154
WAITING FOR THE WHISTLE ANTHONY PHILLIPS BBCPM038
© 2014 Lois and Lewis Cook