Everyone has a certain idea of what an Elder is in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. However, there are still a few who are confused or who are too embarrassed to ask who is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Elder and what role do they play in their community and the broader community.
Some think that to be an Elder, you have to be an older person as they have more experience and that they are knowledgeable in life.
This is not the case.
Through many years of working in Communities, in this blog I will attempt to answer some of the usual questions surrounding Elders and the importance of their role in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that I am asked.
Let’s start with the most typical question asked. What makes an Elder?
Most often, an Elder’s definition in the community varies on the culture they l