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Issacc Campbell-Cook

Gathering Crabs

“I was named after my two grandfathers, on my mother’s side, Robert Campbell JR, a NGAKU man and on my father’s side, Robert John Dunn Naylor, a BanBai man, also Uncle Paul Silva.

The Silva’s are also our mob.

I’m Dunghutti on my mother’s side. I’m South Coast on my father’s side.

NGAKU, DUNGHUTTI, and WOIRIMI, I am very proud of where I have descended from and who I am named after.

OK, well now you know a bit about me let’s get to the story.

I am very thankful for living in NGAKU country. I became fascinated in my grandfather’s paintings, watching him sitting under the trees in the shade in the backyard.

‘Big Bob’, ‘Uncle Bob’, but to the mob and me we know him as grandfather who walked in the footsteps of a dream, it was ‘The Dreamtime’.

He rises with our mother, then he sets off like ‘The Rainbow Serpent’, painting his way all over our land, from the mountains to the waterholes and gullies. Floating down river and streams, overlooking the land, getting in touch with Spirituality.

Now paddling past our floodplains on his way to the sea, but first he observes the wetlands like a bird, perched in a tree, then flocking to our estuary’s that flow to our sea, flying like a Sea Osprey, overlooking and observing as far as he could see.

That’s how it came to be for me, when I first pulled up a paint brush with my grandfather, under the shady trees with his spirituality, because he embedded it into me.

I am thankful for those days with him. I learnt lots from my pop. He is my teacher. I learnt from him, and also Great Uncle Colin Cody Campbell and Great Uncle Cid Button.

This is why I have respect, passion and love for art, the Story telling of the ‘Dreamtime’, our culture and heritage and our way of life.

We never forget who we are; we bring awareness of the past into the present and future.”

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