Karen  Shuan

My Name is Karen but i aslo go by the name of Bloomfield, I grew up in Mossman learning two ways of life – Kuku Yalanji and English – I experience racism in Mossman and violence in the community. I learnt language and culture from the age of four, I grew was an interpreter for my mother and elders. Now I teach my daughters – we still speak language in the house.

We still live in Mossman. Both my parents have passed. My mother is from Mossman and she is my role model – she taught me language, culture and dance

The past and present, these stories in dance and o also painted them – stories of Diwan laying eggs; the sea turtle and crocodile – dreaming stories

I have exhibited through the Mossman Gorge centre – The work titled ‘Julay’ is about the old Daintree community mission – from the 18th 1945 – the time before the people were transferred 1st settlement. To Mossman Gorge in 1945

To pass on my stories and to teach my daughters what my focus is Marra Marra ( women ); Jalbu Jalbu ( teenager girls ) and Gumba ( elders ) and my family members. I have 7 daughters; 7 grandson and 1 granddaughters

As a young person – my father’s Uncle – Eddy Bloomfield – the painted for pleasure and pass on knowledge. He painted on any surface he could find – bark turtle, shells etc. I was always listening to elder rather than doing physical things and Eddy encourage me to pick up a paintbrush. He taught me traditional techniques.

Telling stories - of the seaside - what is edible and what is not. How to survive here. This is valuable for the next the generation. “Strong voices and histories – self-expression through dance and painting - this is how they survived. Image s means a lot to indigenous people, right across Australia, different meaning for images; different languages; different dialects”.