How many ways are there to tell stories about a place, especially a place as vast as the Pilbara? Perhaps there are as many ways as there are people. Imagine that. For every person, a story of landscape, experience, home.
The Pilbara Project Blog is where some of these stories can be shared. It’s also a forum for stories from anyone, anywhere in the world, who has experienced the Pilbara, or recognises it in the places they have travelled to in their lives or in their minds.
Since 2005, a West Australian not-for-profit cultural organisation called FORM has been getting to know people and stories of the Pilbara through an association with some of the communities there: in particular Port Hedland and Newman. FORM’s work has focussed on encouraging local people, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to explore and celebrate their own creativity through visual arts, sculpture, writing and photography. On these exploratory journeys, people have repeatedly referenced their relationship with the Pilbara itself.
The people who depend on this region for their livelihoods or identity are there for many different reasons. Some are there to work for the mining companies. Some are there because they visited, fell in love with the land, and decided to stay. And some are there because the deserts and gorges are as much a part of them as their DNA.
The Pilbara Project Blog is a space for anyone who has ever encountered places like these, and felt changed forever by the experience. Tell us your story.
THE PILBARA REGION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (Click map for detail)