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Peter Mulcahy visit 2012

Peter Mulcahy visit 2012

A GROUP of Toowoomba youths has discovered how to reconnect
with their ancestors through the power of traditional Aboriginal art.
Renowned Aboriginal artist Peter "Muraay Djeripi" Mulcahy has been
running workshops with at-risk students from the Youth Community
Learning Centre in Toowoomba.
He said the workshops were a way to connect the students with their
own stories.
"Where these kids are right now might not be the best part of their
lives," he said.
"But by learning the important messages, which can be taught
through traditional Aboriginal artworks, they can learn valuable life
lessons."
He said whether the children were from Aboriginal descent or not was not important: it was
the message that was they key.
"It doesn't matter if you are Aboriginal or Chinese or whether you have been in Australia for
your whole life or three weeks, Australian Aboriginal culture is part of all of us and we can all
become more Australian by learning the history of our native people," he said.
"These kids have responded so well to these lessons. Out of all of the classes I have taken, I
honestly believe that these guys are the best I have ever taught."

13th Feb 2012 https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/art-helps-at-risk-youths-toowoomba/1269124/

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