Vincent Babia

Vincent Babia

Vincent Babia

Vincent Babia

Clan: Ait Koedal
Island: Saibai
Constellation: Star E
Wind: Sagar
Language: KKY
Community: Seisia
Our culture is passed down verbally through each generation, from our grandfathers and uncles in song, dance and through artwork. When I was small, I would sit with my grandfather and uncles and watch them carving and making apparatuses. I loved to listen to them tell stories, sing songs and dance. I continue to tell our stories through my art and traditional dance.

I am a Torres Strait Islander Australian. I was born on Thursday Island and grew up in Seisia, in the Northern peninsula Area. My family is from the eastern side of Saibai Island, where the Sagar wind blows, from underneath the Star E Constellation which can be seen before the morning star.

My art tells the stories from the seven clans of Saibai Island, though I mainly focus on my clan, the crocodile clan, Ait Koedal. Most of the people from Saibai are traditionally head hunters, we are a warrior culture, strong and proud. Our dances and our art reflect this culture. I use our peoples totems when telling our stories, whether in painting, carvings or in dance.