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I am a Kitja woman and I come from a place called Margaret River station here in the Kimberley. I was taken away from my mother as a little girl and never met my family again until I was older. A lot of people say that this did not happen or that it was for our own good. What good was that I ask...

My dream is for recognition and reconciliation by Australia for our Indigenous people and also the recognition that Australia was built by multi-cultural people.

I am also called the Big Black Queen of the Kimberley and I am the closest thing to Royalty in the country as I am the unofficial Queen of Australia and the Queen of the people of the Kimberley.

I choose to wear the colours of my home the Broome area where the ground is fire red and the sea is blue. Broome belongs to the Yawuru people, this is their country. I support and will stay with these colours as these colours make up a balance between me a living energy and nature itself, the earth. A connection we must all make with our mother the earth, the land.

I also only wear thongs as they are comfortable and reflective of Kimberley casual dress code. Around my neck I wear native nuts and beads as a necklace as I am continually surrounded by nuts so if you can't beat them, may as well join them.

Some people see me as a big mamma but I am really your favourite aunty and share with you all my views and fun that make us all laugh. I believe that laughter is a healing tool and if we all had a good laugh from the bottom of our hearts to the bottom of our bottoms, we would be healed by positive energy.

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Below you can see an example of my work for Derby Aboriginal Health Services.

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