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Walk in 3 Worlds Podcast

Summary: ‘Walk in 3 Worlds’ idea started its life as a poem. Written by Greg Dodge, sixth generation convict descendant in 2019, about the life journey observation and stories of Kitch Wesche. He was initiated into his Samoan village Matai as a Talking High Chief in 2019. Kitch became Taitu’uga named after his grandfather. Kitch and Greg met in 2006, through music, and then together (and separately) developed and ran many diverse community and creative projects. Working together on an innovative two year project (2017-2019), “Empowering Youth To Thrive”, Greg and Kitch then met Yarraka Bayles and her family. Yarraka is an Aboriginal woman with a strong education focus. We wanted to “Come Together” as culturally diverse human beings (Homo Sapiens) to explore Australian true histories, stories, cultures and more through conversations with a range of “Australians” and ask – “What does it mean to be Australian?” Who are we? Where are we all going? Where have we all journeyed to be part of the jigsaw puzzle that is now Australia in the 21st Century. Coming Together Project is proud to host these exciting ‘Walk in 3 Worlds Podcast’ series, featuring 3 diverse ‘world’ backgrounds sharing true Australian Stories about our past, present and future, and to bring us together as one Australia.

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 Wi3W - Ep. 20 - Uncle Shane Charles speaks with Greg D | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:18

Born and bred in Shepparton, Victoria, Uncle Shane Charles, a proud Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung man, has worked in the education, justice and cultural heritage sectors, an academic, government advisor and most recently with the City of Melbourne. He also Co-Chairs the Aboriginal Studies and Indigenous Strategies Committee at La Trobe University and is the Co-Chair of Victoria Reconciliation.He is the first incumbent of a new Cultural Residency at Armagh (Toorak, Melbourne) within the Initiatives of Change (IofC) Australia-Pacific Centre, his home for a while. His presence at Armagh supports the work that IofC is doing to build relationships and bridges for reconciliation and healing with First Nations communities. IofC is about Peace and Trust building. Building trust amongst the world’s divides.He is known for his work in cultural intelligence, teaching about the traditional wisdom and diversity of Australia’s First Peoples. This knowledge came from his own upbringing, in a family that valued both traditional and Western learning. ‘My mum was 47 years in education, and she made sure I went off and got an education—learned white ways but more importantly, learned my own cultural knowledge. I had that responsibility to learn it and share it,’ he said. Top of mind while he is at Armagh, he said, is offering training and awareness raising in cultural intelligence. ‘We’re all very different. In the Victorian context, there are 38 different tribes, then under that sit layers of clans and language,’ he explained. ‘We need to be connected, and we need to continue learning: to be part of Country, because Country is a part of me. Uncle Shane’s own life experience includes surviving not one, not two, but three heart attacks. Moving on, he learned ‘to shed the worries that attach themselves to my spirit. By connecting to Country, there can be so much healing for anybody… To learn through sitting around the fire, because fire is so healing. There are so many different ways. I’ve seen the light come on in people’s eyes when they’re out on Country and they see it and feel it.  ‘The more places and spaces we can create with the narrative of healing and learning, the better. For the generations to come—peel back the colonial layers, the rich culture is there, the footprint is there. ‘By connecting to Country, we look at what we’re doing to Country. Not seeing it as just a commodity. Our thinking wasn’t for tomorrow, it was for all generations that come. We need our culture and Country to survive.’ – Delia Paul All artwork by Shane Charles More about the events/activities he is involved with at IofC here

 Wi3W – Ep. 19 – Jungaji Troy Brady speaks with Greg Dodge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:16

Western GuGuYelanji and Birri Gubba songman, Jungaji Troy Brady, has been performing in various bands around the world for the past three decades. Greg Dodge first met Troy (now called Jungaji) in 1995, when he was a vocalist with the hit group ‘Aim for More’, as a teenager. Greg was one of his early mentors and their lives have been intertwined ever since. In 2013, ‘Aim for More’ reformed for a special performance at Stylin’ Up, Australia’s largest First Nations Hip Hop festival in his suburb of Inala, Brisbane, to great acclaim and excitement. In between, he has been part of the incredible Banawurun (Running Water) Band, the Black Arm Band and the family group ‘Troy n Trevelyn and the Tribe’. Jungaji has forged a reputation based on integrity and alongside this solo career has been delving deep into the language and culture of his ancestral lands.; talking to elders, learning language and creating art both visually and aurally. Hence the name change from Troy to Jungaji, to be aligned with his cultural ways and knowledge. He is the chair of The Dhadjowi Foundation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. He is also involved in mainstream services such as correctional services, providing mentoring, songwriting and story telling opportunities across the country. Jungaji is being booked across Australia, is regularly played on NITV and is sought out for his gifts as a workshop facilitator, actor (on the stage with the award-winning Barbara and the Campdogs at Belvoir Theatre Company) and arts practitioner mentoring youth and adults around healing and cultural ways. He has performed in Los Angeles at the Muse Expo World Music Conference, Bryon Bay Blues and Roots Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, QMusic Awards, and the National NAIDOC Awards.

 Wi3W - Ep. 18 - Getano Bann speaks with Greg Dodge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:18

Getano Bann – Singer, Song Writer, Story Teller, Music Therapist GETANO was raised on the banks of the Pioneer River in his home town of Mackay, North Queensland, Australia. Music, dance, storytelling and humour were an influential and integral part of his childhood, growing up in an extended Torres Strait Islander Family. “My Father was a ‘Ten Pound’ Scot’s man who travelled to Australia from Aberdeen and my Mother a descendent from KEBISU a Head Hunting Chieftain from Iama (Yam) Island in the Torres Strait”. GETANO began his musical apprenticeship amongst the mangroves and the creek beds, daydreaming; creating poems, melodies and songs which were to form his first compositions. As a Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller and Entertainer for well over 25 Years, GETANO has been described as highly passionate, poignant, and often humorous. His songs are a rich blend and mixture of musical styles, from Smooth Latin, Kick ass Blues, Tender Soul, to Slick Funk, and emotional Ballads, cruisey Reggae and full throttle Rock. In amongst this musical feast GETANO intertwines family stories, cultural perspectives, life lessons, self reflective moments and gollops of humour, which makes a performance of irresistible listening and entertaining moments. GETANO works as a Registered Music Therapist specialising in Children and Adolescents issues including addictions, self esteem, anger, grief loss and bereavement and mental health. Some of the many talented acts and artists GETANO has supported and shared the stage with, include: Soweto String Quartet, Shane Howard and the Goanna Band, Kavisha Mazzella, Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter, Christine Anu, The Mills Sisters, Chris Wilson, Kevin Carmody, Epzo Bangora, Dya Singh, Global Roots Network, Lindsey Pollack, Mel Webb, Greg Sheehan, Humphrey ‘B’ Bear, The Wurrupi Band, Coloured Stones, Bart Willoughby (No Fixed Address) and Mary G. “One of my greatest passions is meeting interesting people, from fascinating and diverse places, listening to their ‘Life Stories’, as these stories help to enrich my life and inspire me to see what the world is truly about, and hopefully through my music I can inspire and enrich the lives of others along way”.At the end of the interview, Getano sings his new song, “Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land”.

 Wi3W – Ep. 17 – Aunty Betty McGrady speaks with Greg Dodge about her life. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:17

Aunty Betty McGrady is a Gungarri Traditional Custodian. The traditional tribal lands of the Gunggari stretched over some 8,200 square miles (21,000 km2), taking in the Upper Nebine and Mungallala creeks from Bonna Vonna and Ballon north to Morven and Mungallala (near Mitchell, Queensland). Being raised on the river banks and then moving to Brisbane in 1966, Aunty Betty raised seven children and worked in various roles within government. Many years later she ended up with her University Degree in Community Services and is passionate about Aboriginal culture, the land and social justice for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. She is currently the Secretary of the Queensland Multicultural Council and many more organisations. Aunty Betty is an active member of the Logan City and Brisbane communities with a depth of wisdom that she loves to share. This interview with Greg Dodge touches on her growing up and the journey she has gone through over her lifetime.

 Wi3W Ep. 16 - Samoko Okoth speaks with Greg Dodge about being human | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:41

Samoko Okoth is a Kenyan born cultural man and creative musician who has lived in Australia for many years. Samoko has travelled the globe with his music and cultural ambassadorship and he states clearly he is an earth human. Samoko was recently initiated into our First Nations community and is here to serve humanity.

 Wi3W Ep. 15 - Nick Brodie, Australian Historian, Archaeologist and Writer talks with Greg Dodge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:56

Nick Brodie describes himself as a professional history nerd. Nick is a country kid, born and raised in rural New South Wales and currently residing in Hobart, Tasmania. Nicknamed ‘snowy’ because of his blond hair, who enjoyed being outside and dreaming of dinosaurs. History and storytelling have been passions of Nick’s for as long as he can remember. From writing computer games on the Apple IIE to playing Sid Meier’s Civilization II to reading antique texts and James A Michener novels he has always been interested in the storied world around and before him. Nick has a doctorate in late medieval vagrancy law, worked as a field archaeologist, taught at university for a decade, and now writes a growing suite of acclaimed popular histories. Nick loves mysteries, lateral thinking, and books that are erudite and accessible. Covering the broad sweep of Australian history in Under Fire: How Australia’s History Led to Gun Control, 1787: The Lost Chapters of Australia’s Beginnings, Kin: A Real People’s History of Our Nation, Kosciuszko: A New Perspective on Australia and The Vandemonian War: The Secret History of Britain’s Tasmanian Invasion, which uses a wealth of new archival material to re-write Australia’s most infamous colonial war. Nick brings fresh angles to old tales. Greg Dodge gets the opportunity to discuss about his life and about two of his books, The Vandemonian War and 1787. The connection here is the linkage the co-host, Greg, and his convict great great great grandmother, Charlotte Simpson-Hall and her son, Ralph Dodge, mentioned in The Vandemonian War book with Tasmania, as does Nick Brodie, who is currently living in Hobart, Tasmania.They cover various deep topics including the Colonial Wars, also called the Black Wars, Frontier Wars and European exploration centuries before 1787.Nick explains how history writers have tried to downplay the clearing of the land and it is important for us to acknowledge the truth about our collective past to move into a healing past, present and future together.Read more about Nick Brodie here

 Wi3W Ep. 14 - Yarraka Bayles (co-host) shares her story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:08

Yarraka Bayles is connected strongly to her culture, an inspirational person, very active in business, community circles and is also a co-host of Walk in 3 Worlds Podcast. Greg Dodge is pleased to interview Yarraka and hear a little bit more of her life journey. Yarraka descends from the Wonnarua and Bundjalung nations of NSW on her mother’s side and the Birri Gubba and Gungalu nations of QLD on her fathers side. She was born on Gadigal country in Sydney and grew up in Redfern in the 80’s then moved to Brisbane in the early 90’s where she now resides with her 3 children and granddaughter who were all born on Yuggera country in South Brisbane. Yarraka has over 20 years experience working in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations throughout NSW and QLD and has won awards for her art and media achievements. With an immense passion for education, Yarraka enjoys working with children and imparting knowledge on to the next generation, having worked for Brisbane Catholic Education and delivering cultural workshops at numerous schools and childcare centres around South East Queensland. As a passionate advocate for justice and self determination, Yarraka has facilitated several workshops and presented at numerous conferences and events across the country, dedicating her life’s work to improving the quality of life for First Nations people by learning from her elders and sharing her knowledge and experiences to help raise more awareness about issues affecting First Nations People on a global scale. Yarraka is also the Founder/Owner of Murri Menu, Director of Deadly Futures Aboriginal Corporation, a Facilitator with Blackcard Cultural Tours, a mother of three children, a grandmother and a Kin Carer. Support us at Patreon

 Wi3W Ep. 13 - Margaret Hepworth, Executive Officer, from Initiatives for Change (IofC) speaks with Greg Dodge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:32

We are pleased to release this Episode13 to acknowledge and celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2021.To subscribe to Spotify, Apple, Google Play, Amazon, Stitcher, Android or email podcast platforms – come visit us here or subscribe to any other favourite podcast app – come visit us here Initiatives of Change (IofC) Australia is part of a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with our own. An honest look at one’s own motives and behaviour is often the start of personal transformation. Cultural and religious traditions across the world offer moral standards as guides for individual and community living. Of these, IofC singles out values of honesty, unselfishness, love and purity of heart and action as practical tests for motives and daily actions. Honest conversation, undertaken in an open spirit, builds bridges of trust and community between people of similar, different, and even antagonistic, backgrounds. These enable healing, partnership and common action. IofC’s people and programmes seek to strengthen the moral and spiritual foundations of society and to bring healing and reconciliation where there is conflict; build bridges of trust between different communities and countries; embed ethics, justice and transparency in the global economy; empower leadership to act with integrity, serve unselfishly and be effective agents of change.“Building trust across the world’s divides“ About Margaret Hepworth, Executive Officer, IofC Australia Margaret has been a long-term member and contributor to the work of IofC in Australia as well as internationally. She is an experienced leader and manager of the education initiative, ‘The Gandhi Experiment’ and has also been a former Head of Campus / Assistant Principal at The Preshil School and at the Berry Street School in Victoria. Margaret has taken her work in global citizenship and ethical leadership across Australia and India, and into Pakistan, Indonesia, China and Fiji. Margaret has experience in governance, finance management, collegial team-building, public speaking, networking and course creation. She has created the methodologies of ‘Positive Reality’ and ‘Collaborative Debating.’ She is the author of the books, The Gandhi Experiment—Teaching our teenagers how to become global citizens and Collaborative Debating. Margaret has a strong sense of social equity with people-centred leadership qualities. She has experience of taking trust-building and peace-building work into the community,

 Wi3W - Ep 12 - Poem ~ Walk in 3 Worlds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:43

A story of transformation from Kitch to Taitu’uga Written and Spoken by Greg Dodge This poem came about from observing the growth and changes of young Kitch from 2007 to today. His own drive and passion to not only explore and find his own true cultural story about his Samoan heritage, but to learn the customs, stories and language of Samoa. Kitch also discovered his heritage was an interwoven fusion with German, Chinese and Samoan cultures. He was Walking in 3 Worlds. Kitch was a street kid, turned beat boxer, who toured with Joel Turner and the Beat Box Alliance. He then pursued his own musical career as MC Kitch and then started to mentor other young people, which he continues today. Then to find a partner, Sharnee, a First Nations Gunggari women and together, create their own family, with children who WALK IN 3 WORLDS, The Samoan, Aboriginal and Australian.This is my version of Kitch’s story of transformation through an ancient initiation process of 7 – 14 days of the traditional male tatau (tattoo) of Samoa, also known as the malofie or Pe’a. It covers the body from the middle of the back to the knees, and consists of heavy black lines, arrows, and dots. Then he is invited to be a Matai in his village back in Samoa. Today he is known as Taitu’uga, in honour of his grandfather and is a Talking High Chief in his village in Samoa and lives with his family in in Brisbane. We will have a special video version of Taitu’uga’s life, with the poem, that will be released on Wednesday the 15th of September 2021 on our Yarn Up page of this web site. We are honoured to have Taitu’uga as a co-host on our podcast.

 Wi3W Ep 11 – Poem ~ Charlotte Simpson-Hall (My Convict past) – Written and Spoken by Greg Dodge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:00

Charlotte SIMPSON / HALL was born in 1767 in London. Charlotte was convicted of stealing a pair of silk stockings, value 1 s. a cotton gown, value 2 s. a handkerchief, value 1 s. and one paste pin, value 1 s. the property of Joseph Bradley. The Old Bailey sentenced her to 7 years transportation. Charlotte was convicted in 1787 and waited for her ship to leave Plymouth.The 225 females selected for transportation, which finally left in June 1789, included petty thieves, prostitutes and con artists, who were rounded up from various prisons in London and shipped out with 35 sailors on the “Lady Juliana”. This boat was later named “The Floating Brothel”. (A book and film of the same name). Past Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd was also a descendant from a 13 year old convict on the same boat as Charlotte Simpson-Hall, her name was Mary Wade. It must have been a relief to move away from London’s notorious, overcrowded Newgate gaol which was literally overflowing with prisoners and filth. Although, Charlotte arrived after an eleven month journey with 225 other woman and 35 sailors in Sydney Cove on the “Lady Juliana” on 4/6/1790. Thirty six babies were conceived on the ships travel. Ralph Dodge was born to Charlotte’s fling with a sailor, John Thomas Dodge.When they arrived in 1790 at Port Jackson the First Fleet arrivals rejected them, because they had their own food shortages issues, along with the arrival of the Second Fleet.Charlotte and John Dodge were then sent to Norfolk Island on “Surprize” on 1/8/1790 Charlotte had a relationship with John Thomas DODGE and they had three children; Ralph, William and Sarah. John then disappeared to Hawkesbury River in NSW, never to be heard of again. Charlotte then married Hugh McGUINNESS on 16/10/1810 at Hobart, Van Diemans Land (Tasmania) and they had the a further five children; Hugh, Rebeca, John,

 Wi3W Ep 10 - Yarraka and Greg interview author, Nayef Din, about his new book, "The Last Gundir" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:04

About Nayef Din.Nayef Din is a British civil engineer who was born in Kuwait but left when a nearby dictator invaded with his tanks. He grew up in north London graduating from Imperial College before starting his career designing buildings, bridges and tunnels. In 2008, he left London for Brisbane. His true passion is history and he strongly believes, if you live somewhere, you should know the story of that place. In 2019, he took a career break to write and self-publish The Last Gundir which invites readers on a journey into the past to learn about the fascinating highly evolved Aboriginal society that existed in the south-east Queensland region as well as European exploration around Australia. About the historical fiction book – The Last Gundir When a six-year-old boy of the Turrbal (Brisbane) tribe suffers a mysterious illness at the bunya nut festival, his uncle initially thinks it is poison. But the true horror is revealed when they realise that a gundir (Aboriginal sorcerer) has pointed the bone at him. Bunji’s unexpected survival astounds the region’s tribes. Years later, during his kippa (manhood) trials, a second shadow appears to follow him. Then eerie dreams and whispers from the south come to him. Nothing makes sense until one day, Bunji receives an ominous invitation to the nearby island of Yarun. Three ghosts have apparently returned from the dead…In 1768, James Cook, newly promoted to Lieutenant, replaces the highly esteemed Alexander Dalrymple as Commander of HMB Endeavour. Following secret Admiralty orders, Cook searches for the mythical Unknown Southern Land. Encountering Australia, he charts its eastern coastline but misses Moreton Bay (including Turrbal country and its river). Faithfully following Lord Morton’s advice, Cook does not take possession of the land when he leaves. But on the streets of Batavia, he learns of a dreadful turn of events and is forced to change the course of Australia’s fate forever.This meticulously researched historic fiction reveals a fascinating Aboriginal culture, the British Empire’s exploration regarding Australia, the voyage of HMS Bark Endeavour including a startling turn of events in Australia’s history that few know about and Aboriginal maps of Brisbane and the SE Queensland region prior to colonisation.The Interview L-R: Nayef Din, Yarraka Bayles and Greg Dodge Yarraka Bayles and Greg Dodge interview the self published author Nayef Din about his new book and learn and discuss from an Australian Pakistani, raised in Kuwait, about Australia’s early history through his deep research and stori...

 Wi3W Ep 9 - Poem ~ Aussie Fifty Dollar Note (in honour of David Unaipon, a true Australian legend) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:19

Around late 2018 I was looking at a new Australian Fifty Dollar ($50) note, as I was curious about who the First Nation person was that I had been seeing since 1995 on the old $50 note. Not that I had many in my possession, by the way. The Reserve Bank of Australia had released a new design of the new $50 banknote, after earlier releasing updated versions of the $5 and $10 polymer banknotes. The note featured updated security features, and was released into circulation on 18 October 2018. The artwork on the note, incorporating the work of Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri artist Muriel van der Byl AM, includes portraits of Edith Cowan, first female member of an Australian parliament, and inventor and Australia’s first published Aboriginal Australian author, inventor, activist, musician, preacher and the Australian Leonardo da Vinci (an Australian First Nations polymath), David Unaipon (1872-1967) . There is so much to read and unpack about this amazing Australian, that I thought a good way to bring his history to life through this poem. I am proud to to dedicate this poem to David and his family so as to highlight a small overview of his life and what he invented and what he wrote. I hope you enjoy this poem, be truly educated about his natural born wisdom, about the true Aussie Aboriginal legend, David Unaipon. Read the poem HERE (with footnotes)

 Wi3W Ep 8 - Greg interviews Peter Forday, a true Aussie as an ABC (Australian Born Chinese) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:26

Peter Forday is a proud Aussie. He is a facilitator and performance coach whose clients are most commonly looking for better ways to engage, develop and inspire others. @media all and (min-width: 768px){#kt-layout-id_ec1891-9c > .kt-row-column-wrap > .inner-column-1{flex:0 1 35%;-webkit-flex:0 1 35%;}#kt-layout-id_ec1891-9c > .kt-row-column-wrap > .inner-column-2{flex:0 1 65%;-webkit-flex:0 1 65%;}} Peter Forday He is known for his experience, networks, authenticity and expertise in helping clients focus on what matters. He is Non Director Executive and Chair of Multicultural Australia (Formerly MDA), Queensland Mental Health Consumer Representative Peak, Mercy Community, Welcome Sports Ltd, Chair of Police Ethnic Advisory Group (Queensland Police Service), and previous CEO of MultiLink Community Services Inc and Yalari. Peter is an active leader and inspiration throughout the South East Q’ld community. Greg and Peter discuss his life growing up in Rockhampton, Queensland as a third generation Australian Born Chinese boy to man and so much more.

 Wi3W Ep 7 – Poem ~ Australianitus ~ Written and Spoken by Greg Dodge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:14

Australianitus is the first poem written and performed by Greg Dodge, a sixth generation Australian convict (keep in the loop as his poems are released to the world). This poem is inspired by an Aussie Poet, Rupert McCall. He wrote, “Green and Gold Malaria“. This inspired Greg to try his hand at poetry and give it a twist. The twist is the deep respect and relationship he now has with First Nations People of Australia (Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders). Greg is trying to help the countries healing and unification of its people who now call Australia home. Read and discover more about the Poem, Australianitus here

 Wi3W Ep 6 – Taitu’uga and Greg interview Maori Wisdom Keeper and Musician, Marama Smith | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:15

Coming Together Project presents ~ Walk in 3 Worlds ~ An interview with Marama Smith ~ co-hosted by Taitu’uga and Greg. Marama Smith is a Maori singer-songwriter, musician, performer, rapper, mum, grandma and cultural story teller/keeper. We are so honoured to interview Marama and hear about her journey as a Maussie (an Australian Maori). In this episode, Marama is interviewed by Taitu’uga and Greg. Our Podcast/vodcast is focussing on the intercultural diversity of Australia and how to guide us to a place of UNIFICATION and HEALING. We bring people together sharing the different perspectives through story telling and cultural awareness. We address stories from the past, present and future to build a better understanding and respect of who we are as Australians, sharing this great land, each of us calling it our home. The three Walk in 3 Worlds co-hosts, Yarraka Bayles, Taitu’uga Kitch Wesche and Greg Dodge are all change makers and will inspire others to become a small or large part of this new change movement.


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