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Visions from Country

Regional Elders have been coming to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy from across regional parts of Australia for more then 40 years to discuss issues like racism, discrimination, landrignts, health and the need to share cultural knowledge with future generations down generations.

Nellie Paterson Napanangka

The print on the left is from a painting done by Nelly Paterson Napanangka. Nellie gave the original canvas (which was blue) to Michael Jack for his hard work, dedication and support for Aboriginal people over many years. The painting represents unity, a vision, the coming together of tribal circles.

The painting was reprinted in a number of colours as a poster during a protest 2015 Parliament 'sit-in' which involved a number of discussions from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra.

Nellie Paterson born 1938, is an Artist and custodian of the stories and lore which has sustained her people throughout generations. She grew up as a traditional Anangu girl near Pipalyatjara in the Anangu Pitjatjantjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands, with no whitefellas or roads. Before the Missionaries came, the first white men Nellie saw were the camel traders.

Nellie remembers the first time she saw people wearing clothes, and she remembers being scared. Nellie moved to Areonga, near Hermannsburg in the Northern Territory, and lived for nearly eighteen years, in Jay Creek, where her grandfather is from. As she grew older, Nellie travelled back and forth to Adelaide to bring up her grandchildren. Nellie now lives in Adelaide.

Visions of Lore and Culture

Murray George

Murray George is the Chair of the APY Law and Culture Committee, a senior advisory committee on matters on Law and Culture for the statutory landholding body Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara.

As an traditional elder, Murray George has a depth of knowledge of the many Tjukurpa (law, songlines) across the APY Lands. He is highly respected leader and a Chair of Anangu Tjutaku Tjukurpa, the APY Arts and Culture group for people living in Adelaide. Murray George is dedicated to educating the young people about Tjukurpa (the Law) and creating a greater understanding of Anangu culture in the broader community. He is a passionate advocate of reconciliation as well as an accomplished dancer, singer and painter.

Murray George was a co-writer, director and actor of the the documentary 'Two Brothers Walking', released by the South Australian Film Corporation during 2014.

The Two Brothers Walking documentary is about spiritual people in spiritual country. Two Aboriginal men with different life experiences, one traditional and the other urban, come together as brothers to follow a Rainbow Serpent Dreaming journey. The journey begins at Nyapari Community in the central desert of Australia to reconnect with and traditional ways of knowing and being which is kept alive in remote regions of Australia. Senior lawmen share the story of Wati Kutjura, at Piltilti, the sacred waterhole where their spirits live today as Wanampi (Rainbow Serpent) together with their two wives. It is a place which continues to be a place of power and regeneration for the whole land. For traditional people live is regulated by law. Pitjantjatjara call it: Tjukurpa, Kuku Yalanji say: Ngujukurra. It is the living spirit expressed in story, songs and ceremonies which infuses country with The two brothers undertake a journey to strengthen their family ties and take a performance of "Manta Nganampa" (our beautiful country) to share with the tribes of far both Queensland at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival. This culture belongs to everyone in Australia, not just for Aboriginal people, but can make every one proud.