Turtle Tamwoy Song & Dance Man


While visiting with good friend and brother artist friend Gumaroy Newman the other day I was introduced to Turtle Tamwoy. I hung around Circular Quay and after Turtle had finished his daily performance we quickly agreed to try and capture a handful of images that we could both share with our family and friends.

Turtle has a sharp wit and he is quick to see the funny side of the daily grind and share his humour with like minded individuals. Over the last four years I have photographed many of the Aboriginal artists who perform their music at Sydney Harbour. And it is always a huge thrill when I get the opportunity to capture special moments with still imagery.

Arthur “Turtle” Tamwoy is one of the worlds leading traditional indigenous dancers, singers and didgeridoo players, his father is from the central desert tribe of the Pidjandjarra and his mother is from Badu Island in the Torres Strait Islands. Turtle as he is known in indigenous circles has toured and traveled to over thirty countries to be one of Descendance’s and Australia’s most experienced international performers.






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