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(generated from captions) Do you believe in fairies? we're going to meet an artist On tonight's show a very special fantasy world who has created

especially for Indigenous children. was a little girl WOMAN: You know when Amy and there was fairies. we used to go out in the bush the Aboriginal fairies? Oooh! Who knows the story about white fairies and white angels MAN: I got sick and tired of seeing fairies and angels and things too. and I figured that we needed we need a little bit of magic too. If they really do exist, well, a little later in the show. That's coming up First up we head to Alice Springs of our 'Us Mob' short film series. for the latest instalment DOGS BARK (Sings) # If I could fly in the sky # I could fly like an eagle

# High and spread my wings (Voice calls out) # And soar up in... CARS DRIVE BY your mother dumped you. (Echo) No wonder and making trouble. Because you're going around your mother dumped you. No wonder and making trouble. Because you're going around (Heavy breathing) (Heavy breathing continues) OMINOUS MUSIC BELLS CLANG TRAIN APPROACHES FIRE CRACKLES Hey, you kids! BELLS CONTINUE Who made the fire? What's going on around here? to be trouble now See, I thought there's going with people sniffing petrol. Where those kids going? Come with me. Come on.

The bridge is burning. (Echo) What's happening? Kids sniffing petrol. The bridge is on fire. Come on, you'd better come with me. SQUEAKY DOOR OPENS Out you come. Trouble now. You get in trouble with your family? the creek down there. Hello. I just come from And, um, I picked this young girl up. some other girls sniffing petrol. She was down there with It wasn't me. who those other girls are. You need to tell us DOG BARKS CAR APPROACHES Where you girls going? Church. last night I was down at the creek again sniffing petrol. and I've seen them kids You need to tell me who they are. they going to get really sick. If they keep on sniffing petrol sniffing petrol You the only one I've seen down there to your grandmother. so I'll have to take you back

You'll have to tell me who they are. And you'll get into trouble.

It was these mob here. Where's she going? No! No! You come back here. You think it's funny sniffing petrol? doing to you? Do you know what petrol's and you going to get really sick. It's eating your brain away to look after your little sister? And who's going to be around Look what petrol does to this stuff. FIZZ Eats it away. to your brains. That's what's happening and you'll be finished. You're going to get really sick It's going to make you go mad. your little sister? How are you going to look after This is really bad stuff. And you're sniffing it.

(Singing) (Chanting and clapping) these films as much as I have I know you've been enjoying so don't miss next week. It's our last 'Us Mob' episode.

for our next story about fairies. In the meantime, stick around

Black fairies. was a little girl WOMAN: You know when Amy and there was fairies. we used to go out in the bush about the Aboriginal fairies? Oooh! Who knows the story white fairies and white angels. MAN: I got sick and tired of seeing

fairies and angels and things too. And I figured that we needed we needed a little bit of magic too. If they really do exist, well, My name is Gordon Syron. I'm 63 years of age. I'm a... I was born in '41. Aboriginal artist. Ah, and I'm a contemporary urban and I was serving a life sentence In 1972 I went to prison for a long time." and I thought, "I'm going to be here And I saw people painting to take up painting too. so I decided I was going I think it cost me about $250. some turps, I bought some paint, some brushes, and some linseed oil. how to start painting. And then I got tips off prisoners and God knows what. So I got tips off forgers the traditional Aboriginal art I don't do any of like the dots and dashes. I was lucky. I didn't grow up on a mission, I grew up on a dairy farm. of 16 children. And I come from a very large family what I know about. And... I only paint what I am, My experiences. contemporary painting's all about. And, ah... That's what my BIRD CROWS I painted a black fairy, I suppose, for Aboriginal children. black fairies for the next generations, Not just for Aboriginal children, the next people coming. have been blackfellers - To let them know that maybe it could the dish ran away with the spoon. the cow jumped over the moon and and all them things, And Old Mother Hubbard they could have been for Aboriginal people. I just wanted something

That they can refer to or relate to. of magic in their life too. Blackfellers need a little bit And so that's why I done it. GIRL: I love fairies. about fairies? WOMAN: What do you love so much Um, I love how they fly. Where did you see fairies? I've seen fairies. when I was over in England. Um, I seen them You saw English fairies? Whereabouts in England were they? Yeah. Um, it was at the Queen's house. are probably shy GORDON SYRON: Black fairies for them...to see them. and you've got to look And I suppose it's like anyone in their life, who wants some sort of magic they'll probably find them. if they really look for it, settlers who came here to Australia, The early English artists and they looked like English gum trees. they painted Australian landscapes, of seeing it. And I got sick of the sight for Aboriginal children If I'm Aboriginal and I'm painting when they look at it I would like them to know that and they can recognise it as an Australian landscape. And it's important. This painting is called 'Where The Wildflowers Once Grew', 'cause they don't grow there no more. This is where I grew up at Minimbah on the mid North Coast of NSW

near Forster-Tuncurry and that area, where my Aboriginality comes from.

And down there, these wildflowers, there was very tall gum trees, and the light used to filter down through them. And underneath those tall trees was all the wildflowers and it was about up to waist height for an adult and there was every kind of flower imaginable, it was beautiful. The poachers came and they came in there and they mined it. Wild flowers don't grow no more. You've just got weeds. BIRDSONG Black fairies really would have to exist if we could bring back the wildflowers there, I'd say. Especially in our lifetime because it would take something magic

to put all the wildflowers back. BIRDSONG It's another whole new perspective, I guess, when I paint about fairies. It's softer, delicate, it's beautiful and all them sorts of things. I think about different things. I think about pretty flowers and things like that. Softer things. People might say, well, there's two sides to people, and things like that - soft sides and hard sides. And I think there's many different aspects of our nature. And I just say, well, I'm like a diamond. (Laughs) There's lots of perspectives to people. Think we all got good and bad and God knows what. Black fairies maybe let me think that miracles do happen in life, and I hope that they do.

Maybe black magic or magic does happen in your life some time. (Sing-song voice) Where are you, you Aboriginal fairies?

Where are you?

Thanks for joining us here on Message Stick. I hope you can join us next week for the last of our 'Us Mob' series. And we'll have another recipe for you from the Black Olive. This is an Aboriginal alfoil tree, otherwise known as a melaleuca. Peel this stuff off carefully and you've got yourself a single piece of bark, big enough to cook your dinner in. First I just want to dampen this paperbark down, otherwise, you put it straight into the fire, it will dry out really quickly and burn. I've stuffed my barramundi with river mint, desert limes, lemon aspens and the lemon myrtle and its lovely lemon flavour. See you then. (Sings) # Well, here we are Here we are and here we go # We're goin' crazy and we're hittin' the road # Here we go Rockin' all over the world

# Well, giddy up, giddy up Get away # We're goin' crazy and we're goin' today # Here we go # Rockin' all over the world

# And I like it, I like it, # I like it, I like it I li-li-li-like it, # Li-li-li-like it # Here we go # Rockin' all over the world Hey! Hey! Hey! # I'm gonna tell your mama what you're gonna do # So come on baby with your dancing shoes # Here we go Rockin' all over the world # I like it, I like it # I li-li-li-like it # Here we go Rockin' all over the world # And I like it, I like it I li-li-li-like it # Li-li-li-like it Li-li-li-like it # Here we go Rockin' all over the world # And I like it, I like it I like it, I like it

# Li-li-li-like it li-li-li-like it # Here we go Rockin' all over the world # And I like it, I like it I li-li-li-like it # Li-li-li-like it li-li-li-like it

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