It's known as the Murray Darling river system and it's massive - it runs through South Australia, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria and southern Queensland. It's been in the news a lot in recent years because parts of it were almost dead. Of course, in the most arid continent on earth parts have dried up before, but in 2010, in the worst drought in history, complications of managing the system over so many states, combined with a couple of hundred years of European farming practices, meant that things were dire, and Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner was tired of watching his ancestral home, the Coorong, die.
Major - or Uncle Moogy if you prefer - gathered together people from other nations and they began a 2300-kilometre-long ceremony - ringbalin. It was a ceremony to "sing the spirit back into the river, and into themselves." By the time they ended, the drought had broken. Ringbalin is the story of their journey.
Ringbalin - Breaking the Drought premieres in Melbourne at Bella Union at Trades Hall on 9 December 2013. Funds raised will assist Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit group who promotes humanitarian engineering that enables all people to live a life of opportunity free of poverty. Funds raised will help with their work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and also with the further development of the Ringbalin - River Stories app, an online journey along the rivers, which is currently in prototype version. Elders guide you along the journey, which is also GPS-coded so you can be there in real-time.