Gadrian Hoosan was Indigenous X host from October 10 to October 17, 2014.
Five questions to Gadrian
I am the lead singer of the Sandridge band, which we started in 1995. Our songs are about our land and we use our traditional language and stories with modern music, a mix of reggae, ska and jazz – whatever can entertain the people.
I work hard to protect our land, which is under attack from mining companies. Our land is too important for us to see it destroyed. We have dreaming sites, sacred sites, songlines which are like our maps, and so many stories. Our people still rely on this land for our food as well: we go hunting, fishing, and we collect all kinds of bush tucker.
We are already suffering from mining. The MacArthur River mine is not on my traditional country, but it has a big impact by constantly polluting the river that runs down through our land. At the moment we can’t eat the fish from the river due to the pollution. We have to travel 20-30kms to go fishing in a safe place now. This shows why it is so important for all clan groups to work together – decisions on one persons land can impact on others. We all need to get together.