Sam Cook was Indigenous X host from April 1 to April 14.
Five questions to Sam Cook
I guess I wasn’t ready for the world as I too resisted. I was more than happy to take the passive pathway and bake a little longer, but my 7lb 11oz frame was clearly no contest against forceps and a vacuum extract. Under the duress of this 70s technology I was pulled into the world, sucked out of the safety of this womb and thrust onto the pathway that is my life. I had arrived.
A lot has changed since the 29 November 1972. For one, I’ve turned into a middle age Nyikina, my strong cultural roots grounded in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. I’m also a mother of two adult future leaders, both poised on their respective journeys as they take their place in the world. What I do these days is understand who I am and my sense of power. I am very much a cultural change agent and social entrepreneur. Less than two weeks ago I was a part of a strong group of individuals who left a marker on history through the campaign to “Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia” and through the social media platforms created as #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA.
The online virtual protest is still raging and in 18 days we have just under 50,000 on our Facebook page alone, with a reach of over 1 million. Artists have written songs, painted works and are documenting this through their writings. Protests are being held internationally in Canada, UK, New Zealand and Europe to support this. We made history and have mobilised the country while shining light on Australia globally.
I’ll be tweeting about the stories and people behind this, as well as our upcoming plans to launch the biggest humanitarian effort for Aboriginal Australia, by Aboriginal Australia.
I’m also interested in hidden history and was the founder of Australia’s Blak History Month in 2008. We unearth 31 profiles a year on each day over July which celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heroes who have been forgotten in the Australian narrative. I’ve now launched this history into a DJ + VJ project titled BLAK WAX which opens the vault of Aboriginal Australia and takes it to the masses.