Video tribute to an inspirational leader
INSPIRATIONAL Aboriginal community leader Aunty Bea Ballangarry is the subject of a new video launched at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery.
Walking in Two Worlds was created by local photographer and filmmaker Andrew Hickinbotham, and is a celebration of Bea’s tireless efforts to improve relationships between Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people.
“Aunty Bea Ballangarry is an award-winning poet and writer, a performer, singer, public speaker and educator in indigenous cultural studies, women’s health and domestic violence services,” said Coffs Harbour Deputy Mayor Cr Garry Innes, who launched the video.
“She is also a mother, grandmother, carer, healer, teacher and advocate for mental health and social justice causes.
“Put simply, she is an inspiration.”
Aunty Bea Ballangarry was born at Bowraville at a time when Aboriginal people were not even recognised as human beings, but were classified under the Flora and Fauna Act.
As her mother did before her, Aunty Bea has fought for human rights, justice, kindness and cultural integrity.
This new video is a tribute to her commitment to encouraging others to follow in her footsteps and her tireless efforts to improve relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
The video is on show from today at Coffs Harbour Regional Museum.