Mundanara Bayles is the host and creator of the Black Magic Woman podcast and is connected to the Wonnarua and Bunjalung people on her mother’s (Northern NSW) side and the Birri-Gubba and Gungalu (Central QLD) on her father’s side. Mundanara grew up in Redfern, Sydney, NSW with her 8 sisters and moved to her father’s country in the early 90’s.
Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal cultural protocol and makes people feel relaxed and comfortable as if they were sitting around the kitchen table just having a yarn. It’s the way her people have been building relationships and getting to know each other for tens of thousands of years. She draws from a long family history in the media industry and has grown up in a culturally strong, politically active family who have been at the forefront of the Aboriginal Rights movement since the 1960’s. She continues to follow their example. As a proud advocate for her people, she follows in her father’s footsteps and aims to make a positive contribution.
Mundanara sees the creation of the Black Magic Woman platform as an opportunity to share her cultural knowledge and insights to her audience in a non confrontational way that brings people along with her to create change for a better Australia. To connect more with Mundanara check out the work she does with her Elders at blackcard.