Back To Nature: Giant’s Country with Poh Ling Yeow airs Tues 24 Aug on ABC



Back To Nature Giant’s Country airs Tues 24 Aug on ABC

In the third episode of Back To Nature, Aaron and Holly are in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Kaurna, Peramangk & Ngarrindjeri countries, SA. Everything in nature has its place.

At Morialta Falls, Aaron and Holly meet Senior Aboriginal Man, Uncle Mickey O’Brien. Mickey is a descendant of the Kaurna and Narrunga peoples. He tells us about the creator giant Nganno, whose fallen body forms the Mount Lofty Ranges. Mickey shows Aaron and Holly the site where an image of Nganno is hidden, and is sometimes revealed, in the landscape.

In the Giant’s Cave, Uncle Mickey shares the importance of the idea of ‘Twoness’, which encapsulates for him the importance of reciprocity and mutual benefit. He says Kaurna people look after the land, for this is where spirit returns. Moving to The Cedars at Hahndorf, Holly and Aaron visit a property where one of Australia’s greatest painters, Hans Heyson, lived and worked. His subjects included the eucalyptus trees growing here. His work changed the way the Australian landscape was represented.

On the Fleurieu Peninsula we visit Deep Creek Conservation Park, where Aaron and Holly search the Stringybark forest for tree hollows. These hollows take decades to develop, and are homes for many mammals and birds. Aaron and Holly meet beloved chef and artist Poh Ling Yeow, who shares how nature is her inspiration. She believes the earth is always speaking to us, and that its geometry and rhythms can guide us forward.

“The earth is always speaking to us . . . if we’re listening.” – Poh Ling Yeow

Standing by the ocean, at Blowhole Beach, Aaron tells Holly the Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri story of Karta, or Kangaroo Island. The Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri believe that when they die, their spirits will travel to the island, heal and revitalise, and then return to the mainland, ready to begin the next journey.

Back To Nature: Giant’s Country airs Tuesday 24 August at 8.00pm on ABC TV and iview.

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