Brett Clarke Bio –Kirrae Whurrung Tribe - Born 1977
From early childhood I spent much of my time with my late Grandfather, who taught me much about of our cultural history of the Kirrae Whurrung Tribe. Pop was an expert at wood carving and showed me and my brother Crispian how to use the tomahawk and rough rasp to make spears, boondi’s, carved snakes and boomerangs. Pop not only showed us how to carve – he told us stories and the cultural significance of the wood carvings – precious memories for that continue to inspire my carving, paintings and songs. I used to spend many hours with Pop on the horse and cart going through the Framlingham Forest. Pop told me his stories about our culture, ancestors and relatives, bush medicine plants and native birds while we cut firewood to bring back to his house. My mother Patricia has been another great source of inspiration. She is an expert artist as well singer/songwriter and Author of the book Rainbow Serpent of The Hopkins River. My ambitions are to continue Pop’s and my mothers work to increase cultural awareness of both local indigenous and mainstream communities. I intend to do this through producing cultural woodcarving artefacts and through my songwriting as my contribution to Reconciliation.
Available for Local Aboriginal Cultural Talks/Walks & or Music Performance
Contact Brett 0403 085 101