Elder has earned place in exhibition

Nyungar elder Oriel Green with her own portrait.
Nyungar elder Oriel Green with her own portrait.

Gnarla Moort (Our People) will run to November 2 at Perth Town Hall, honouring 12 Nyungar leaders for their achievements and contribution to the WA community.

The exhibition presents the photographic portraits of the leaders taken by Perth photographer Eva Fern´┐Żndez.

‘It’s nice to be recognised for the things that you’ve done, not that you’re looking for accolades, but I’m very happy,’ Ms Green (79) said.

She said exhibitions like this were important to have.

‘A lot of us do things in the community that are not known to other people ” things that could be an advantage in the community,’ she said.

Ms Green was born in Three Springs in 1935 and moved to Perth in 1971 where she started her career in early childhood education.

For 20 years, she worked for the Education Department and in the 1980s was awarded a grant to go to the US to learn about Native American teachings and ways of learning. She also worked for the Yarning Aboriginal Corporation and PlayGroup WA and was inducted into the Aboriginal Education Hall of Fame in 1999.

Ms Green helped start the Northern Suburbs Reconciliation Working Group, which she is still involved with, is on the advisory committee for local kindergartens, King Edward Memorial Hospital and the cities of Wanneroo and Stirling reconciliation action plan groups and helps Girrawheen high school with its Aboriginal student program.