Clan: Gudang/ Yadhaykenu
Language: Gudang/ Yadhaykenu
I am an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian. I grew up in Injinoo community, on the west coast of the Northern Peninsula Area. I have always been artistic, I practice art as a hobby but also to help to preserve our culture. I am a cultural teacher, and have been for many years. I teach traditional aboriginal dance, language and bush tucker. I paint stories of our ancestors, stories that were told to me by my great grandfather.
I feel as if art is a gift that we have been given but it can be hidden for many years. As we near an age, we discover this hidden talent and we can use it to keep our culture alive. It allows you to tell your side of a story, in your own expression. We can use it to express ourselves and our culture.
Our grandfathers taught us culture through song, dance and art, now we can pass those stories on. Our ancestors believed in myths and legends and these stories are handed down from generation to generation. We don’t want to let our culture die out, that’s what keeps me motivated to practice art, to us it’s like an expression of our identity. We want to keep our culture strong.
Roy’s son Joseph has taken after his father, completing his first full sized artorks at age 11. (pictured)