In November of 2014 I was flown to Karratha to complete an internship with Kuruma Marthudunera Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC). I gained this placement through the Aurora Internship Program. The process for gaining the internship was straight forward; it was like applying for a job.
Leaving my new home in Adelaide, I wondered what I was getting myself into with my Aurora internship placement to KMAC in Karratha. Especially given that Karratha was as far away from Adelaide as my home town in England was from the North Pole, it certainly put things in perspective.
Sunburnt dirt, stretching as far as the eye can see. Spiky spinifex, bleached wheat-white by the unrelenting sun. Harsh rocky terraces rising up sporadically over an otherwise flat expanse. And a wall of heat. Inescapable, indescribable. Like a furnace burning.
June this year saw me travel to Western Australia for the first time to work as the very first Aurora intern placed at Kuruma Marthudunera Aboriginal Corporation (KMAC), a corporation that represents the K&M people in the Pilbara, who currently have a native title application underfoot and se