For more than 40,000 years, the Nyungar people have called the lands of South West Australia their home. But today only a tiny fraction of the inhabitants this vast region are of Aboriginal descent. In just 200 years, their population has been decimated by disease and war brought by the colonial settlers from the west.
For generations, Nana Viv's family have been fighting for the recognition of the Aboriginal people in the Australian constitution. But it is not ownership of the land which drives them. Seeing themselves as the guardians of the coastal region, the gateway to their sacred ocean, the Nyungar feel it their responsibility to protect the land for future generations.
"They are like children who don't understand what they are doing to the land all around us," says Nana Viv, "we have to protect this land. This is not something we chose to do, it is something we have to do."
History is littered with examples of humanity charging in without fully understanding the consequences of our actions. We rip fossil fuel from the land and the ocean, cut down ancient rainforests, push back oceans and pump a huge volume of chemicals into the atmosphere. All supposedly in the name of the advancement of humanity.
But to Nana Viv, and many of the other ancient peoples and civilisations, our actions are simply those of impatient children, tearing up the world without thought for the future.
As we slowly begin to gain an understand the damage our actions have caused around the world, I am left to wonder whether perhaps Nana Viv has a point.