He left the island to work in Melbourne but said the "blue hills" called him home and he returned to Tasmania.
It is alleged Angie Jackson and her partner, Tommy Williams, woke up about 2am on September 24 to board their flight to Sydney when a Samoan man appeared in their hotel lounge room at the Lupe Sina Tree Resort.The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is Songlines: The Living Narrative Of Our Nation.Here five Tasmanian Aboriginal community members share a part of their narrative.Lindy Bowen is the chair of Karadi Aboriginal Corporation, based in Goodwood."Karadi is a place where everyone feels welcome," she told Joel Rheinberger on 936 ABC Hobart."You can come along, there's no prejudice, no bias ...we have an open-door policy."When Ms Bowen was growing up, she said there was a stigma attached to being Aboriginal so no-one talked about it."You really couldn't tell who was Aboriginal and who wasn't," she said."I think as you get older you get to that point where you realise it doesn't matter.
Ms Bowen said she believed society was too eager to put labels on people and put them into categories."In today's society we want to label everybody, whether it be Aboriginal, white, gay, lesbian, transgender."We're all just beautiful people and we should all just be able to do what makes us happy and makes us comfortable and just live our lives how we want to live our lives."It's so much easier to just accept people for who they are than to have to sit and think that your opinion should matter when really your opinion doesn't matter." Doug Mansell is an elder in residence at the University of Tasmania and taught himself to play guitar by watching others play."I just sat around watching my cousins play," he said."[I] picked up a guitar one day when I was about 10 years old ...didn't know a chord, I just sang a song and played from there."My auntie, when I was about 13, I think, showed me two chords, C and G, and that was it.Mr Mansell was born on Cape Barren Island and spent most of his childhood on Flinders Island." Sheldon Thomas is a traditional healer and builder of bark canoes.He is in the planning process to build a bark canoe for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in 2017."It's going to be big for Tasmanian people, all people," he said."I'm going to [build it] like the old fellas did back in the day."Mr Thomas said he was connected to the old spirits and used his gift to help people by working as a traditional healer."I was born with it," he said."When I was little I saw ghosts and spirits and I didn't know what was going on with me and I found my teacher and he taught me healing.As well as helping the living, Mr Thomas said he could also help trapped spirits find their way home."People don't realise when they're walking in this land, they feel someone is watching them or they feel an energy."That's my people.