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Get-up stand up

Professor John Maynard, Rachel Perkins, Martin Ballangarry and Brothablack came together at the National Museum of Australia for a public forum on 10 September to discuss contemporary forms of Indigenous protest to coincide with our From Little Things Big Things Grow exhibition.

Visit our Audio on Demand website to listen to the discussion

From left to right: Brothablack, Martin Ballangarry, Rachel Perkins, Professor John Maynard
From left to right: Brothablack, Martin Ballangarry, Rachel Perkins and Professor John Maynard. Photo: Jason McCarthy.
John Maynard

John Maynard

John Maynard's traditional roots lie with the Worimi people of Port Stephens. His Phd thesis, Fred Maynard and the Awakening of Aboriginal Political Consciousness and Activism in Twentieth Century Australia, examines the rise in the mid 1920s of the first organised Aboriginal political protest movement.

He is the author of four books, including Aboriginal Stars of the Turf and is the Chair of the Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies at the University of Newcastle.

Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins is from the Arrernte and Kalkadoon nations and is the daughter of activist Charles Perkins.

She is a leading Indigenous film and television director, film and television producer and a writer perhaps best known for her films Radiance and One Night the Moon and for the critically acclaimed documentary series, First Australians. Her career spans more than ten years of specialisation in Indigenous film and television.

Martin Ballangarry

Martin Ballangarry

Martin Ballangary is the first elected Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal person on the Nambucca Shire Council, where he is currently in his second term and assisting in the development and implementation of a draft Cultural and Management Plan. He is the recipient of an Order of Australia medal (OAM) for his work with troubled youth from various backgrounds, and his outstanding contribution to cultural projects throughout the mid-north coast of New South Wales. He also volunteers to help people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.



Brothablack is one of Australia's pioneers of Indigenous hip-hop. He has a long history of working in remote Aboriginal communities teaching hip-hop culture and helping young people develop their skills.

More Than a Feeling, a new track on his latest album, showcases his more politically conscious side featuring a soundscape of rap, brooding rhythms and news reports taken from the Redfern riots.

Left to right: Martin Ballangarry, Rachel Perkins and Professor John Maynard.
Left to right: Martin Ballangarry, Rachel Perkins and Professor John Maynard. Photo: Jason McCarthy.
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