Bob's Open Road
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Uluru, Northern Territory AUS
Public Television: Season 5
Musician / Writer / Documentarian
abducted, anger, bitterness, ceremony, death, home, land, letting go, loss, making a difference, moving on, parents, people, positivity, sharing stories, stolen generation, survival, taken, talking with people, Uluru
- Part of Australia's "Stolen Generation"; taken from his Aboriginal home, placed in a Christian institution.
- Aboriginal children are taken to bush camps and are taught the stories, songs, dances and art forms of their ancestors.
- Randall was taken from his home, family before he got to experience this camp; his heritage was "taken away."
- Was taken to a Methodist island with hundreds of other Aboriginal children, had to live in a dorm and he hated it.
- Spent years trying to go back to his home, find his parents; finally found out that they'd both passed away.
- After that heartache, he wrote out a 50-verse song of pain, then burnt it; set his pain alight, "gave it to the wind."
- Returned to his Uluru community to learn about his ancestry, try to improve conditions through his music, films.
- Says the key to staying positive is letting go of your pain, but also being willing and open to talking about it-this can foster change.