The Tarkine, known as takayna to The Tasmanian Aboriginal people, is a 447,000 hectare area of the North-Western region of Tasmania. This diverse landscape features temperate rainforests, mountains, rocky coastlines, sand dunes, rivers, cave systems and significant Aboriginal cultural sites, such as middens, petroglyphs and hut depressions. takayna is the habitat for several of Tasmania’s threatened species, including the Tasmanian Devil, Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle and the Giant Freshwater Lobster. The takayna has long been recognized for its immense wilderness and cultural values. However, only 5% of the takayna is currently protected as a National Park, the remaining pristine wilderness is under threat from mining, logging and recreational activities. Mining and logging is already underway in several areas, while four-wheel drive vehicles continue to impact sand dunes and middens along the coast.
takayna is simply a stunning place and it speaks to the depths of my inner being. Having visited parts of it previously, I was privileged to return with seventy other artists (musicians, composers, painters, photographers, videographers, jewelry makers, dancers and more) for a collaborative project. Our brief was to respond to the environment in our chosen art form for ‘Tarkine-in-Motion’, a project intended to ensure takayna is made a National Park by 2020. Project curator Dan Broun documented the artists’ experiences in a film in current release. The project has support from the Bob Brown Foundation (BBF).