Community Cloaks from Art of the Skins

Possums were traditionally used by Aboriginal people as a natural resource for a number of purposes, including material for clothing. Today possum species are protected in Australia, under the provision of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. The possum skins used for this program were ethically sourced from New Zealand, where they are an introduced species and the culling of possums and overall treatment of the animal are regulated by the New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals.

Brisbane Aboriginal Community Cloak 

Artists: Leesa Watego & Ah Kee Family (1), Freja & Sonja Carmichael (2), Aunty Dawn Daylight (3), Antonia & Charli Burke (4), Aunty Joyce Watson (5), Katina Davidson (6), Jenna Lee (7), Malinda Flynn (8), Donna Ives (9), Brooke Graham & Delvene Cockatoo-Collins (10), Debbie Presley (11), Ryan Presley (12), Debbie Taylor (13), Tori-Jay Mordey (14), Robert Andrew (15), Venessa Williams (16), Chantay Link (17), Sophie Taylor (18), Gordon Hookey (19), Elena Wangurra (20), Ashley & Tait McGregor (21), Jason Murphy & Jordana Angus (22), Chenaya Bancroft-Davis (23), Dale Harding (24), Amanda Hayman (25), Carol McGregor (26), Laurie Nilsen (27), Judy Watson & Rani Grace Watson Carmichael (28), Elisa Jane Carmichael (29), Damon Anderson (30) Sewers: Freja Carmichael, Chantay Link, Carol McGregor Ochre: Rick Roser

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Gubbi Gubbi Kabi Kabi CommunityGubbi Gubbi Kabi Kabi Community Cloak, 2016, natural ochre, binder, thread on possum skins

Gubbi Gubbi Kabi Kabi Community Cloak

Artists: Melinda Serico (1,17), Margie Kennedy (2,8), Troy Georgetown (3,6,11), Annaleise Krause (4,11), Yvette Thompson (4,16,17), Uncle Nurdon Serico (5), Shelley Monkland (7,9), Bianca Beetson (10), Brayden Krause (11,15), Leisha Krause (12), Boni Robertson (13), Kim Williams (14), Kim Tilley (15,16), Aidan Finn (17)
Sewers: Leisha Krause, Shelley Monkland, Bianca Beetson
Ochre: Melinda Serico

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Wiruungga Community,Wiruungga Community Cloak, 2016, natural ochre, binder, thread on possum skins

Wiruungga Community Cloak

Story: Wiruungga Dunggiirr (numbers denote individual stories)Artists: Wiruungga Dunggiirr, Donna McKnight, Raina Donovan, Christabel Mary Wilton, Rawhinia Castle, Astar Castle, Katusha Smith, Sharon Hudson, Mariah Hudson, Paris Hudson, Anthony Donovan, Terri-Anne Goodreid Sewer: Katusha Smith Ochre: Rick Roser

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Gold Coast Aboriginal Community, Gold Coast Community Cloak, 2016, natural ochre, binder, thread on possum skins

Gold Coast Aboriginal Community Cloak

Artists: Trisha Newton (1), Paul Craft (2), Glennys Briggs (3), Paula Nihot (4), Julie Ellis (5), Annie Woodcock (6), Jason Passfield  (7), Aunty Joyce Summers (8), Aunty Pat Leavy (9), Alicia Jones (10), Mark Williams (11), Glenn Barry (12), Shari & Stephen Chadburn (13), Jennifer (Knwarraye) Niebour Pott (14), Aunty Mary Graham (15), Libby Harward (16), Aunty Maureen Newton (17), Glennys Briggs & Aunty Joyce Summers (18), Sylvester Cook (19), Rick Roser (20), Keisha Wortley (21), Ros Sawtell (22), Aunty Kathleen Lena (23)Sewers: Aunty Maureen Newton, Glennys Briggs, Trisha Newton, Annie Woodcock, Jo-Anne Driessens Ochre: Rick Roser

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Gold Coast Aboriginal Community,Gold Coast Drum Cloak, 2016, natural ochre, binder, thread on possum skins

Gold Coast Aboriginal Community Drum Cloak

Artists: Jenny Fraser (1), Neville ‘Torry’ Torrisheba (2), Madeline Hodge (3), Community hands (4) Sewer: Aunty Maureen NewtonOchre: Rick Roser

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Brisbane Aboriginal CommunityBrisbane River Cloak, 2016, natural ochre, binder, thread on possum skins

Gold Coast Aboriginal Community Drum Cloak

Artists: Melissa Stannard (1,5), Jordana Angus (2), Adam Sharah (3,8,12), Ailsa Walsh (4), Kim Ah Sam (6), Jason Murphy (7), Michael Connelly (9), Moss McGregor (10), Mandy Quadrio (11,17), Perry Mooney (13), Shelley Monroe (14), Joe Pegler (15,16), Dylan Mooney (18), Jeremy Anderson (19), Kevin Williams (20), Andrew Gall (20), Janelle Evans (21), Jacob Paulson (21) Sewer: Carol McGregorOchre: Rick Roser