They say a cat has nine lives – and for Ruby, a First Nations woman navigating the 21st century, ‘nine lives’ are but one way to explain her idiosyncrasies. Join the enigmatic Ruby on her quest for connection, as she unites the truths of history with her experience of the present to uncover the binding threads of people and place. A one-woman exploration of hope, longing and connection.
“If this place is lost, I’m lost, and so is everybody else. We’ll be lost forever. Forgetting those traditional songlines, forgetting traditional languages and ceremonies. If all of that was lost, I would feel so lost myself. I’d feel like my mother worked her butt off for nothing.” Noni Eather.
Matika Wilbur is changing the way we see Native America one photo at a time. Project 562, is Matika’s daring undertaking of artistry and conscience of unprecedented scope and impact. Her mission is to photograph every federally recognised tribe in the United States and reveal the rich and complex 21st century image and reality of contemporary Native Americans.
“Effortlessly beautiful and elegant. She really did take my breath away when she entered the boutique. I immediately knew that she was a gentle soul with a colourful story – she really was magnetic!” Con Iliopoulos, Creative Director and Designer – CON ILIO.
"It was a significant moment, not only for the statement we were making, but also, as a light-skinned woman, to be acknowledged as a Papua New Guinean. No one was able to tell me I wasn’t a Papuan, and this made me feel strong." Moale James
Birrimbi Dulgu Bajal, which means ‘Sea and Rainforest Dreaming’ in the local Yidinji language, brought the essence, art and culture of Queensland’s First Nations peoples to Melbourne Fashion Festival. Now, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair is back with a brand new fashion showcase titled Jana Jaral.