Clan: Atambaya/ Mpakwithi
Community: New Mapoon
My family moved from Old Mapoon when I was a little girl, but my granddad used to tell us many stories of our land, our people and our culture. We would go camping with our family and sit by the fire at night and listen to his stories. I love to draw the crocodile because it represents my mothers side of the family. I include it in some of my paintings, because it is a part of the family story. Dreams are very important to me, I have to paint what I dream because it is a vision that will often be a reality.
I paint stories about my people and my country, our dreaming and our stories from both sides of the family and also the NPA multicultural lifestyle. There is still a lot of pain felt by the people of Old Mapoon, even if you can’t always see it. We feel it, and having come through that we have some victory, but the scar is always there.
When I started working for Arts and Culture in New Mapoon, I felt I had enough cultural knowledge to give back to the community, especially the children. I have the opportunity to not only express myself and tell my family’s stories but also to tell the stories of this area, and it’s people, knowing that both parents have blood ties to Injinoo.