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Blue Joey Black Elvis

Photographer's Name: 
Ross Calia

Gnarnayarrahe Inmurry Waitairie is an Aboriginal elder originally from Roebourne, Western Australia. His name means 'A little blue joey, born beside a spring in the Dreamtime'. Taken away from his parents at the age of four, he was placed in a Church of Christ Home and renamed Trevor Phillips by missionaries, from which he escaped and was recaptured numerous times. Upon arrival in Melbourne, one of Gnarnayarrahe's dreams was "to be an Aboriginal person who never loses his identity". A performing artist, he also goes by the title of Black Elvis.

Festival Year: 
2012