Dr Treahna Hamm
What is your job?
I am an artist and a teacher which I have done for over 3 decades.
Is it something you always wanted to do?
Ever since I was a young child as soon as I picked up a pencil, that was it. Art was something special that attached me to my Aboriginal family who paint, play music and are very cultural looking after our heritage and environment. I was taken from my Aboriginal mother at birth in Melbourne and by default my wonderful adopted parents picked me up and took me back ‘to country’ on the Murray River at Yarrawonga – my people’s traditional homelands. Art and education was a natural progression as the arts were my ancestors’ ‘books’ and being outdoor in the environment learning about significant sites and stories gives me a lot of strength for my identity and belonging to my people and land.
How do you come to be in Falls Creek?
I’ve known Lindy Allen of the Falls Creek Resort management (who organised my visit) since 2006 when we both worked on the possum skin cloak segment
What do you love about the job?
I love everything about my job because it constantly changes, with travel and teaching skills that I have learnt from traditional Aboriginal practices and my formative art college/university studies.
I think it is great to see people who get excitement out of learning a new artistic skill as it reminds me of how I feel when learning from Elders. I also love to talk about culture, stories and share family stories. My first cousin Isaiah Firebrace who I am very proud of won X Factor and went on to represent Australia at Eurovision sings in one of the cultural videos I showed the Falls creek school children and community. Its always good to put your story and culture into perspective and also learn from people about their lives, stories and culture also. I call it practical reconciliation.
What do you do in your spare time?
I practice my art and keep an eye on my beautiful 90 year old mother in aged care where I support and read to her. I will definitely show my mum the Falls Creek project photos and mention all my new friends to her. I hope to come back to Falls Creek one day to see everyone again.