Join us to celebrate the United Nations (UN) International Day of the Worlds Indigenous People. Hear spoken word performance in the MCA Galleries by Aboriginal performer Gumaroy and others, followed by a panel discussion highlighting the importance of this day through the unique perspectives of Aboriginal Australia.
Gumaroy is a leading Indigenous cultural story teller, educator, performer, traditional song man, Yidaki (didgeridoo) Master, award-winning poet and proud Aboriginal man from the Gamilaroi and Wakka Wakka nations.
Gumaroy has presented engaging performances in over 40 countries and at large festivals such as Glastonbury (Edinburgh, Scotland), Vancouver Folk (Canada) and Woodford Australia. He has worked with renowned artists such as John Williamson, producer/singer Pit Bull, Doug Parkinson, and U.S. producers/singers Naughty By Nature.
Gumaroy’s mesmerising talent, passion, and capacity to entertain audiences is inspirational and his thematically relevant spoken word poetry has been recited on ABC radio, various festivals, and was three times finalist at Tamworth Country Music Festivals.
Dr Irene Watson
Dr Irene Watson is a member of the Tanganekald and Meintangk peoples, the traditional owners of the Coorong and lower southeast of SA, a lawyer and academic. She has published and lectured extensively on the construction of Aboriginal peoples’ identities in both domestic and international law. Dr. Watson worked on the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples until 1994, and was appointed in 1996 by the Chiefs of Ontario to sit as one of 7 Indigenous judges on the First Nations International Court of Justice. She was awarded the University of Adelaide Bonython Law School Prize in 2000 for the best law thesis, and recently self-published a short history volume Looking at You Looking at Me. Dr Watson is a lecturer at the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education & Research, University of South Australia.
Jenny Munro is a Wirajduri woman and long-time radical sovereignty activist involved in Aboriginal politics since the early 1970s. Jenny led the successful campaign in 1995-2000 to stop the destruction of the Day of Mourning and Protest building site at 150 Elizabeth St, Sydney and enable its subsequent purchase and restoration. State and Federal heritage legislation was amended as a result of this campaign. Jenny is a writer and poet, and has worked in the Redfern area for over 40 years establishing community-based legal, medical and land care organisations.
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