Indigenous artist

John Smith Gumbula / Bur'an Australia

A force of nature, John Smith Gumbula is a proud descendant of the Wakka Wakka | Goreng Goreng First Nations people from Queensland, Australia. For 30 years he has been passionately involved in promoting indigenous arts & culture in Australia and on the world stage. He has studied part-time at the indigenous unit at the Queensland Museum whilst engaged as a cultural indigenous curator at the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland. In 1997 he was awarded the prestigious 'QEII Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust award for young achieving Australians' by HE former Governor-General H.E Sir William Deane and Lady Deane in Sydney, Australia. His passion for learning new and innovative technologies, diverse art mediums & business cultural sectors later opened opportunities, diplomatic connections, entrepreneurial groups, and cultural connections worldwide. From the USA/ Canada, Switzerland, the Middle East to South East Asia, he has proudly shared his art and cultural heritage. He is well known and respected by many first nations leaders and entrepreneurs in diverse business sectors, and recognized respectfully as a Cultural Ambassador by them and his people for promoting and building cultural bridges of understanding amongst the world communities. John’s passion that resonates in his heart and spirit s to share his wisdom, experience, and visionary knowledge strategically with the people of the First Nations throughout Australia and develop long term major impact Socio-economic Sustainable Developments for Indigenous Economy's. His Passion and Innovative thinking of engagement have enabled him to acquire diverse knowledge, experience, and multiple skill sets that are importantly related to helping support his people and communities. John is acknowledging and supports The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, General Assembly articles 1 to 46.

Indigenous language groups

Wakka Wakka / Yolngu Matha

artwork