Nothing he said could have moved me more. It was a moment I will never forget, and I hope the following story will help explain why.
"Many years ago, there was a dispute between two brothers over the ownership of that car. When they took their trouble to Mooky -" (he's our medicine man) "- he told them to burn it. So they brought it out here and burned it.
"Because, to us, only two things matter: taking care of family, and taking care of land. The car came between family, so they destroyed it."
He grinds his molars, as he often does when he thinks. Then he answers, "Sometimes, the simplest solution is best."
We continue our hunt in silence - after all, hunting works better when you're quiet. But, more important, living and working with the Martu has taught me something. I have one summer to do research in the Great Sandy Desert. I have one summer to sleep under unfamiliar stars every night - and, sometimes, wake to scorpions under my sleeping bag in the morning. I have one summer to hear dreamtime stories, to learn from elders who can recall the first time they saw a white person. Their culture is alive, and it is changing fast.
I have the rest of my life to talk. Now is the time to listen.
Because sometimes, the simplest solution is best.
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