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Tui Raven

Yamaji/Noongar Yorga.

Writer, Curator, Presenter, Community Engagement.

The First Inventors

Investigating Ancient Australia

The First Inventors takes a new and refreshing approach to Aboriginal heritage, casting an expert’s eye over the array of evidence that is a testament to the cleverness of courageous and innovate people.

I was invited into this project to assist with cultural liaison and writing. Watch this space for when you can hear more about this amazing production.

What is it like to be Aboriginal?

In December of 2017 I completed a TEDX UWA Talk. Someone said to me after they watched my talk, ‘it’s a bit cliché’. I guess that was the point really, racism is cliché. Understanding the history of my culture as it is projected against the ‘dominant’ culture, might seem cliché. However without our storytellers we don’t learn.

National Reconciliation Week 2020

Every year during National Reconciliation week we reflect on our reconciliation journey. As an Aboriginal person, I ask you to consider your part in building partnerships and relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Understand that our culture is ancient yet innovative. However we have also had to endure heartache on this journey. Reconciliation is our opportunity as Australians to learn and thrive together.

Imagine if you had brothers and sisters stolen and you never knew they existed.

FROM ANOTHER VIEW

Between 2018 and 2019 I was the Project Coordinator of the From Another View project, a State Library of Western Australia and Minderoo Foundation partnership.  From Another View was a contemporary reimagination project of John Forrest’s 1874 trek from Geraldton to Adelaide, Australia.

In 1874, John Forrest set out with a party of men, including Aboriginal trackers Tommy Windich (Yinel) and Tommy Pierre (Berragul) to explore the ‘the nature of the interior’. It was with great pride that I discovered during this project that Yinel is my great, great, great, great Uncle. It was with a sense of wonderment this project uncovered new collections, and created new collections.

Curating the collections was a challenge. It would not have been possible without Yamaji, Martu and Aṉangu community members. They assisted us with understanding the importance of Ngurra (Country). The trek team only survived because the Aboriginal people who already lived in the area, intimately understood their Country.

When I’m not working on projects I am taking photographs. I am trained in black and white photography, and yes I have my own darkroom equipment. I am still trying to find the time set it up. When I travel I mostly use digital due to the ease and cost. One day I dream of owning a Hasselblad with a polaroid back.

Head over to Polaroid Dreaming to check out my photographs from far flung places. (The site is currently under construction and will be up and running soon)

Please contact me via socials above or via email: me@tuiraven.com