Indigenous artist

John Smith Gumbula

A force of nature, John Smith Gumbula is a descendant of the Wakka Wakka First Nations people from South Burnett, Queensland-Australia. For 25 years he has been passionately involved in the arts and activities of his people, promoting indigenous art & 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 sustainable passion in learning new an innovative technologies, diverse arts mediums & business cultural sectors later opened opportunities, diplomatic connections, entrepreneurial groups and cultural connections worldwide. From USA/ Canada, Switzerland, Middle East to South East Asia, he has proudly shared his art and culture. He is well known and respected by many first nations leaders and entrepreneurs in different fields, and recognized respectfully as an cultural Ambassador by them and his people for promoting and building cultural bridges of understanding among-st the world communities. John’s passion is to share his wisdom, experience and visionary knowledge strategically with his first nations people throughout Australia and develop long term major impact socio economic sustainable developments for Indigenous Economy's. His visionary mindset has acquired diverse knowledge, experience and multiple skill sets that are importantly related to help support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, The General Assembly articles 1 to 46.

Indigenous language groups

Wakka Wakka / Yolngu Matha