Life & Style Weekend - - Q&A - Jan­damarra Cadd artist and indigenous spokesman

Jan­damarra Cadd is of Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung indigenous de­scen­dent. He is an in­spi­ra­tional man with many sto­ries to tell.

With his vi­brant and ex­pres­sive por­trai­tures, Jan­damarra’s art­work is emo­tive and in­sight­ful and is a pow­er­ful medium to bridge the story telling di­vide be­tween Abo­rig­i­nal and main­stream Aus­tralia.

Jan­damarra is also known for his pow­er­ful voice, rep­re­sent­ing the views and val­ues of the re­gion’s first na­tion peo­ple.

1. Favourite time of day and why?

Early morn­ing be­cause ev­ery­thing is crisp and fresh. Birds are singing their songs as the sun meets the dew and the light il­lu­mi­nates all the morn­ing colours.

2. What ex­cites you?

Whether through peo­ple or sit­u­a­tions, I re­ally en­joy get­ting to glimpse some­thing afresh or anew, an in­vi­ta­tion to some­thing out­side of my ev­ery day life.

3. Favourite sport? Player or spectator?

Vol­ley­ball and play­ing.

4. Best child­hood mem­ory?

Ex­plor­ing the bush up the back of our house and catch­ing wild mul­let and find­ing wild mel­ons whilst run­ning from brown snakes. Some­times all in one day’s ad­ven­ture.

5. Where were you born?


6. Where would you like to hol­i­day?

Out in the vil­lages of Viet­nam or Thai­land.

7. Cats or dogs? Do you have a pet?

I pre­fer dogs but we do have both a cat and a dog, along with chick­ens.

8. Who are your he­roes?

Gandhi, Nel­son Man­dela, Bob Mar­ley and John Len­non.

9. What is your dream job?

Do­ing it full time as an artist. Or al­ter­na­tively hold­ing sleep retreats where I get to par­take and catch up on years of sleep deprivatio­n.

10. What will you be do­ing in 10 years?

Con­tin­u­ing to be a voice for those that don’t have one and em­pow­er­ing those that are will­ing, while ab­sorb­ing the won­der of life with fam­ily and com­mu­nity con­nec­tions along the way.

11. What’s the best thing about living on the Sun­shine Coast?

The life­style and the nat­u­ral abun­dance. The pockets of com­mu­nity that walk in the same di­rec­tion col­lec­tively car­ing for this very spe­cial place.

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