Australia is home to the oldest continuing cultural practise in the world.
This simple sentence underpins both a profound reality and the life of John Christophersen, a powerful advocate for Indigenous and environmental rights who passed away recently in the Northern Territory.
'Christo' was a man of many parts - as at home in front of an audience or a camera as he was in the bush or a boat.
He was a passionate and effective advocate for Aboriginal land and sea rights, a fierce opponent of the nuclear industry, handy with tools that ranged from an arc-welder to a spear, and an entertaining and insightful story-teller.
His extensive resumé included time as an Australian Conservation Foundation councillor and a longer time as a patient and generous bridge-builder who sought to braid and advance black and green aspirations, and concerns.
He was a tireless champion in tiring times who made a real difference - and he will be missed.
ACF sends our sympathy and our thanks to Christo’s family and many friends.