CASE STUDY: Trish Hodge & Craig Everett
Both Trish and Craig were told by their primary school teachers that they couldn’t be Tasmanian Aboriginal. It wasn’t possible because there were no Tasmanian Aboriginal people. These sorts of conversations haunted Trish and Craig, and thousands of other palawa/pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal people). They also inspired determination and action.
“Our motivation is to tell the world that we not only exist, but that our culture is strong and we continue to grow stronger by the day.”
Trish and Craig’s method is to teach and invite people into the truth. nita means ‘brother’ in their language, and it holds special meaning for Trish because she lost her brother when he was only 28.
“We called the company nita Education so he would always be with us,” says Trish.
nita Education’s number one problem is handling demand. In a single day, they can be in five schools across the state, along with Welcome to Country ceremonies and commercial tours. They want to grow without losing any of the special qualities that have made them so successful.
“Our ancestors are still in the country,” says Trish, “they will always be in the country, and we need to show them that we are doing everything we can to make them proud.”