Ned Cheedy is a respected elder and custodian of Yindjibarndi country, where he was born a century ago at Hooley Station in Western Australia.
At 104, Ned still contributes tirelessly to caring for Yindjibarndi law, country, culture, language and the future of his people.
After working as a skilled stockman and windmill man on the station, Ned moved to Roebourne Reserve so his children could receive an education. Concerned by the number of families losing young and older people to alcohol, he joined the Pilbara Aboriginal Church and travelled across Western Australia as a lay preacher, helping many to give up the grog.
Ned has been a cultural teacher and elder in his community for 20 years. When he travels into country with groups of up to 70 children, elders, families, anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists and environmentalists, he points out all the features of his land and tells the stories behind their creation.
Ned is generous and patient when sharing his knowledge. He participates in cultural mapping trips and teaches through books, films and recordings, sometimes working a six-hour day during the editing process to ensure accuracy.
Ned speaks out to keep his people strong and united.