• Music icon Bart Willoughby spoke to NITV on what 'survival' means to him, for our #StoriesOfSurvival series. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Music icon and Pitjantjatjara man Bart Willoughby told NITV what ‘survival’ means to him for our #StoriesOfSurvival series, ahead of his Yabun Festival performance.
Tara Callinan

26 Jan 2016 - 10:22 AM  UPDATED 26 Jan 2016 - 11:06 AM
What does 'survival' mean to you?

Survival means we are still here. We are like a crocodile surviving billions of years; we are an ancient animal.

In what ways have you survived?

I'm still here kicking ass! I have a gig tomorrow and I'm going to London later this year; I'm going everywhere.

How are you contributing to the survival of this culture?

I play a very important part. I'm teaching others how to survive. I like to teach the 'new Australians' to develop their mind through their spirits...I've always said, 'If you stick by Mother Nature you don’t need guns.'

How far have we come as a nation in recognising Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander contributions in the 'mainstream'?

First of all we have to become a nation. We are still waiting to receive the real love that we weren't given. If they don't give us the love, it will have repercussions on this planet.

Bart Willoughby plays at the Yabun Festival 2016, a free event from 10am to 6pm, Victoria Park, Camperdown, Sydney. Click here for more details.