It was a meeting of cultures, peoples and minds when the Institute of Aboriginal Development launched its diary and its calendar, Jukurrpa 2013, as a tribute to Indigenous art, which features in all its splendor in the publications, under the banner “50,000 years of stories from the heart of Australia”.
Arrernte elders in the middle of the photo (from left) “MK” Turner, Angas Turner and Matthew Furber, and behind them Desart Executive Officer, Philip Watkins and IAD Press Manager, Tony Duke, were surrounded by staff from the Crowne Plaza hotel in Alice Springs.
Eseta Cowley, its Human Resources Training Operations Manager, says they are all in The Alice on special programs, from the NSW East Coast TAFEs, on Australian internships from Indonesia and the Philippines, and graduates from Deakin University, Victoria.
“All have chosen to apply for programs where they are able to experience the Outback, land, culture and people,” says Ms Cowley.
They are: Pors Chuenchai (with the sunglasses on), Samantha Harris (sunglasses on her head), Tony Tomuli (behind and between Samantha and “MK”), Jan Vijarnpol (kneeling, holding the calendar with a painting by Naata Nungurrayi, of Irrututu, on the cover), Elvis Gumangi (kneeling next to Jan), Sandro Capri Famili (kneeling next to Elvis), Andreas Halim (standing behind Sandro), Nicola Kersley (on Andreas’ right hand) and Randy (behind Nicola).
They are frequent participants of the IAD’s Frist Friday events held to “share and celebrate achievement and opportunity for Aboriginal people in Alice Springs,” says Mr Duke.
PHOTO by Oliver Eclipse, tel 0400 181 658.