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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Art promotes unity during natural disasters, Far North Queensland

Date posted: 6 August 2012

Disaster management was the subject of Indigenous art exhibited at this year's Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Show in Far North Queensland.

The following article is reproduced from the July 2012 edition of the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC) newsletter.

Throughout history, the biggest gatherings are focused around times of great sorrow or joy. This is what brings us together.

At this year's NPA Show, the members of each community, as well as many visitors to the area, came together to celebrate the talents of our region. At this time, we also saw a message of warning.

Several of our NPA Artists were supported by Disaster Management Queensland and NPARC to create artworks that reinforce disaster relief management.

The artists expressed themes of unity, survival and devastation.

'The hands represent unity,' artist Susan Kennedy explained.

'We all work together to survive in times of need.'

This theme was repeated through each of the unique works, showing that survival in a disaster situation truly is everyone's business.

For further information about disaster management in Indigenous communities in Australia, visit the Emergency Management section of the Indigenous Environmental Health Practitioners resource on the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

Source: Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council


Last updated: 3 August 2012
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