After nearly 4000kms of driving, the last 160kms on dirt, we got here.
And it is Utopia.
There is a serenity here – a quietness – which stills the heart and mind.
It looks anything but Utopian. But the people here are content.
It may not be what you might regard as Utopian, but it is for these people.
Yes they have their problems – we all do, elsewhere – but there is virtually no crime here, it’s a “dry” community, and there is respect for country, and culture.
It’s also very famous for its aboriginal art. Some artists’ work here sells for millions of dollars, and is collected by galleries around the world.
Today we met Cowboy. Cowboy is 74 years old, but he looks much younger. That’s because his diet has been largely goanna (big lizard), kangaroo and bush turkey.
He’s an elder here, and a holder of ancient wisdom. He’s also a much sought-after artist.
We filmed with him late this afternoon while he was doing a painting. The painting will sell in Sydney or Melbourne for $25,000 or more.
His works out of the back of an old meat truck just outside of Utopia.
His family lives in humpies nearby.
While he painted, I did an interview with him for the intuition film. On the interior wall of the truck he had a graffiti-ed – ANGELS.
Tomorrow we’re shooting with him some more. He’s what’s called a “wise man.”
Tonight Jennifer and I are staying in very basic quarters – kind of like shearers’ quarters. More basic than anything you’d get on the Camino. But it’s perfectly fine.
It’s a privilege to be invited into this community, and to spend time with gentlemen like Cowboy.