Josh and Kyle Slabb are Bundjalung men who live, fish, surf and raise their families near the fabled sand bottom point break of Fingal Head on the east coast of Australia – where their ancestors have thrived for tens of thousands of years.
Surfer, canoemaker and Bundjalung man Kyle Slabb as seen in 'The Saltwater Story' documentary by Benjamin Allmon. All photos: David Kelly.
The Slabbs are a renowned and respected family among coastal communities all over Australia, for their water prowess, cultural integrity and willingness to share indigenous ways of thinking and relating through their cultural education organisation Banaam, which works to empower all Australians through cultural intelligence.
Banaam teaches businesses, organizations and communities how to apply Indigenous principles of communication to create relationships rooted in respect and reciprocal contribution.
Guided by Kyle Slabb, a group of young men (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) build traditional canoes before embarking on a tree-day sea voyage re-tracing an ancient trade route, as seen in 'The Saltwater Story' by Benjamin Allmon. Photo: David Kelly.
Watershed Chats are deep dives with experts and those having a go at building and dreaming new ways for a healthy and habitable future on Planet Ocean.
Watershed moments are traditionally understood as a division or distinction between two phases. They can be turning points that define our shared history. We're asking: where to from here?