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Jean Tamwoy

5th Sep 1986

I have lived all my life in Kubin Community on Moa Island.  My father is of Torres Strait heritage and of the Ikilgal Clan of Kubin whose totem is Kaigas the Shovelnose shark.  My mother is from mainland Aboriginal heritage from the Ankamuthi clan of the Seven Rivers in Cape York.  Her totem is the freshwater long-necked turtle.  

Art gives me the opportunity to show to the world the culture and heritage from my father’s and mother’s ancestry.  Through visual arts I can show the stories that have been passed down from our mothers and fathers for generations and generations to come.

My interest in art started at a young age and through our junior high school where I studied visual arts. I gave up art for a while to pursue other career opportunities.  Now that the Art Centre at Kubin has started up I have decided to take up  art again.  Now I’m pretty happy to be the way I am as an artist and to showcase my knowledge of my culture and heritage to the world.