Trevor Barkindji people

My people (Barkindji mob) are river people who have traditionally lived and hunted fish, turtles, yabbies and clams along the Baarka (Darling River) for many thousands of years. We are the direct descendants of Mungo Man and Mungo Woman who lived in the region some forty thousand years ago. We are better known in today’s society as Darling River people.

I was raised in an underprivileged community and I continue to struggle with how my people can adapt to this new world of white justice. In my culture, family and community is everything, stronger than any other relationship. Through my paintings I feel more connected to my people and the Baarka River Country in both a contemporary sense and with my ancestors. My painting allows me to tell the stories and the folklores passed down through the generations into present day society.