John Smith Gumbula
Art Director, Aboriginal Artist/Designer, and Cultural Ambassador in Australia
A force of nature, John Smith Gumbula is a descendant and member of the Wakka Wakka Indigenous people from the South Burnett Region of Queensland & adopted son of the Yolngu people of Galiwinku,Elcho island Eastern Arnhemland,Australia. For over 25 years he has been passionately involved in the arts and activities of his people, promoting art & culture in Australia and on the world stage. He studied part-time at the indigenous studies unit at the Queensland Museum whilst engaged as a cultural indigenous curator at the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland. In 1997 he received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Queens Trust award for young achieving Australians which opened up diverse business opportunities, diplomatic connections and cultural doors to all four corners of the globe. From USA to Canada, Switzerland to UAE, he has shared his art and culture. He is well known and respected by many world Indigenous leaders, and recognized respectfully as an Indigenous cultural Ambassador by them and his people for promoting and building cultural bridges of understanding among-st the world communities. John’s passion is to share his knowledge/wisdom and extensive network strategically with the 5000 + indigenous tribes of the world.