NGANGKARI (traditional healers) Rene Kulitja, Pantjiti Lewis and Professor Sandra Eades will be talking about their role in the community as highly respected artists, teachers, and health workers. As well as applying their traditional skills as healers in their communities, they provide advice to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people outside their communities, using their extensive knowledge of culture and family. They are joined by Professor Sandra Eades, a Noongar woman from Mount Barker, Western Australia. Professor Eades is Associate Dean (Indigenous) of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne. In 2003, Professor Eades became Australia's first Aboriginal medical doctor to be awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy. Her PhD investigated the causal pathways and determinants of health amongst Aboriginal infants in the first year of life. Ngangkari have in recent years focused on mental health and the power of community intervention. Mental health issues disproportionately affect many Anangu (aboriginal people of this region) and can have a profound impact on children, yet there is a considerable barrier of language and cultural differences between anangu and services. Currently there is a crisis of youth suicide in first nations communities and the Ngangkari have been on the front line tackling the issue, working alongside medical practitioners. Part of the exhibition The Art of Healing: Australian Indigenous Bush Medicine which celebrates 65,000 years of indigenous Australian healing practices through contemporary art. The exhibition looks at the past, present and future of traditional indigenous healing practice through the perspective of contemporary art from the many distinct and varied indigenous communities throughout Australia. It is based on the premise of Tjukurrpa (dreaming), the period when ancestral beings created the world as we know it.
Thursday 16th of May, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tube: Temple (5 min walk)
Train: Charing Cross Underground Station (10 min walk)