Sally Gabori sings and dances, even in the National Gallery, quite spontaneously, in front of her own artwork.
This art, as with the singing and dancing, reflects who she is, a Kaiadilt woman to the core. She is one of increasingly few speakers of the Kaiadilt language and sings while she paints, too.
Gabori, whose name in full is given as Mirdidingkingathi Jurwarnda Sally Gabori, is one of 20 artists featured in unDisclosed, the second National Indigenous Art Triennial, which is on show at the National Gallery from today until July 22.
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Next time your child gets 50 per cent on a test at school, you may want to count your blessings.
For many Australian children, even being able to write an answer in the test is an achievement because the tests are conducted in English, not in their first language or in one of about 20 surviving Indigenous languages.
A parliamentary inquiry has been travelling around the country aiming to determine the potential impacts of including Indigenous languages in early education.
Labor MP Shayne Neumann, who chaired the committee, says Aboriginal children are disadvantaged because they are not tested in their first language, the one they learn at home.
"They go to school and all of a sudden they're taught in English and they're not used to it so by the age of six or seven they're often quite disadvantaged in school and they fall behind and have to catch up," he said.
"One of the things we're concentrating on is how can we make sure there are better outcomes for these kids?
Read the full ABC article by Natalie Jones