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How nature teaches reciprocity

In Nectar Nomad in the Land of Enchantment, Melanie Kirby (Yes Magazine Spring 2022) tells the story of “What Bees Taught Me About Building Community”.

The first bee keepers, farmers, ecologists, and scientists were, and continue to be, indigenous people around the world. And so again and again, I return to the bees and to my roots, resonating in unison.

The bees have helped me make sense of an unfair and unjust society that can and shall be reformed into a manifestation of our own design. A fair world where cultural diversity is accepted and allowed to nurture individuals who are empathetic, motivated and driven by reciprocity.  The bees have taught me the ultimate lesson: that it takes a community to succeed. 

No one bee in a colony can thrive alone. Each is keenly aware of the world and its natural truths. In their various roles and jobs, the bees work together to gather food – pollen for protein, nectar for carbohydrates. Bees learn from their surroundings and from the changing seasons. They satiate their hunger by pollinating plants so that growth cycles continue. Their lives are the very definition of reciprocity: giving back to receive again.   

If we look around to learn from our plant and animal, land and seascape relatives, our passion will find us. We are the future Ancestors, that need to recognise the importance of place, sense of purpose, and power of responsibility in having and experiencing life. 


PICTURE: Archie Roach dies at age 66. Credit: Canberra Times.

Archie Roach, a “brilliant talent” who was a “national truth teller”.

In Archie Roach, Aboriginal musician, songwriter and artist, dead at 66 after ‘a remarkable life’ (ABC News 31 July 2022), ABC News has reported that: celebrated Aboriginal musician, songwriter and artist Archie Roach has died at the age of 66 after a long illness.
His sons released a statement saying they were “heartbroken” to announce the death of the Gunditjmara (Kirrae Whurrong/Djab Wurrung), Bundjalung Senior Elder, songman and storyteller.

Amos and Eban Roach say Uncle Archie died surrounded by his family and loved ones at Warrnambool Base Hospital in Victoria.

“We thank all the staff who have cared for Archie over the past month,” his sons said in their statement.

Uncle Archie’s sons have given permission for his name, image and music to be used, so that his legacy will continue to inspire.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Archie Roach, a “brilliant talent” who was a “national truth teller”.

Visit ABC iview and ABC listen, where you’ll find special interviews and performances from legendary artist Archie Roach. From Anh’s Brush With Fame to ConversationsAWAYE!Like A Version, and more. And catch Blak Out with Nooky, paying tribute to Archie Roach from 5pm on Sunday across triple j and Double J. 

MMM … Issue 32, August 2022