Brian Cassey: Aak Puul Ngantam Stockman
Images © Brian Cassey 2012
APN Cape York is a cattle venture near the indigenous community of Aurukun on Cape York Peninsula far north Australia. It is an initiative of local Bruce Martin and the collective Wik clans of Aurukun – an attempt to provide sustainable employment and a sense of pride in the indigenous town – and break the cycle of booze, drugs, violence and welfare dependency.
APN is short for Aak Puul Ngantam ... which in local Wik language means “our father’s father’s country".
The small APN team are mustering - by helicopter, horse and quad bike - about 5000 head of wild cattle left to roam after a previous venture failed in the 1990's. They are also training stock as a host herd to rein in the cattle.
I made these portraits of each and every member of the team as soon as they returned from the muster.
(Also included is The Australian journalist Michael McKenna who worked above the call of duty erecting and dismantling stock fences.)
©Brian Cassey 2012