Gwoya Jungarai (Anmatyerre, c.1895 – 28 March 1965),
Was an Australian Aboriginal man of the Wailbri people of central Australia.
He was the first named aboriginal person to appear on an Australian stamp, in 1950, and appears on the Australian 2 dollar coin.
Also known as One Pound Jimmy, it’s said he got his one pound name because whenever asked how much it would cost to buy one of the boomerangs he made, his answer was “one pound”.
Ironically, his relatives were killed in the 1928 Coniston Massacre.
Two stamps were issued in 1950 and 1952 with his picture, an 8½ pence stamp and a 2 shillings and 6 pence (half crown) stamp, featuring similar images of him in profile, looking upwards. They were based on a photograph taken by Roy Dunstan in 1935 for Australian Geographic and which appeared on the cover of Walkabout magazine in 1936. That photograph represented a typical Australian aboriginal man, and was well-known in the 1950s.
His Son, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri was a famous contemporary artist, who lived around Papunya, in the Northern Territory’s Western Desert area, when the acrylic painting style (known popularly as “dot art”) was initiated. Geoffrey Bardon came to Papunya in the early 1970s and encouraged the Aboriginal people to put their dreaming stories on canvas, stories which had previously been depicted ephemerally on the ground. Clifford Possum emerged as one of the leaders in this school of painting, which has come to be called Papunya Tula. Possum was of the Anmatyerre culture-linguistic group from around Alherramp (Laramba) community. He was of the Peltharr skin
He was an expert wood-carver and took up painting long before the emergence of the Papunya Tula School in the early 1970s. When Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri joined this group of ‘dot and circle’ painters early in 1972 he immediately distinguished himself as one of its most talented members and went on to create some of the largest and most complex paintings ever produced.
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri led a groundbreaking career and was amongst the vanguard of Indigenous Australian artists to be recognised by the international art world.
Like Albert Namatjira before him, Clifford Possum blazed a trail for future generations of Indigenous artists; bridging the gap between Aboriginal art and contemporary Australian art.
Jordan Roser is a proud Bigambul man based in Redcliffe, Queensland.
A third-generation artist who endeavours to continue his families legacy in the arts and promotion of his culture through contemporary designs and themes. His work tries to reflect the modern experience and emotions of the new generation of Australian Aboriginal people through colour and storylines.
Over time and through many changes and hardship our people have remained strong and our culture has survived even during times that Government policy and practices have attempted to erode it.
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Our peoples journey through time on this land has been guided by the spirits of our ancestors. From the time of creation through to colonisation and now into the present day, our land and lives have changed dramatically.
So, it's time we come together to discuss how we can move forward together in unity and respect. To talk about how things can be done better for and with our people into the future.
Much respect to our elders who will be attending this conference I hope their voices and their wisdom will be heard." -
The constant change and movement that Government policy direction and practices has had on our people and culture has been significant and felt deeply through the generations. It's now been 50 years since Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were finally recognised as citizens in the Australian constitution rather than flora and fauna.
We can't go back and change these experiences now. We can only recognise the impact of the past on the present and continue moving forward to try to influence change where it is needed.
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