Meet the Mob: Cherie Johnson

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“Just because I’m Aboriginal doesn’t meant I have the flag tattooed to my forehead.”

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When Cherie Johnson was hanging her art works at an exhibition in Western Australia a critic challenged her use of white, rather than indigenous, kids as subjects.

But they were indeed Aboriginal kids – just fair skinned.

Cherie says she wearies of the narrow perception of who qualifies as Aboriginal.

“I’m Aboriginal because of my DNA, not because of my lingo,” she chirps.

A qualified visual arts teacher, Cherie Johnson takes Aboriginal education and creative resources into schools across the Hunter and across the country.

She’s “black and proud” and utterly passionate about teaching culture to kids, but her family’s passion for footy leaves her cold.

“I’m out the door when the Origin is on.”

Jill Emberson met Cherie for Meet the Mob while she was supermarket shopping with her 20 month-old son Tobias.

Hosted by Jill Emberson, Mornings presenter on 1233 ABC Newcastle, Meet the Mob is a weekly profile of Aboriginal people in the Hunter region of New South Wales.

You can listen to each Meet the Mob interview by clicking on the audio player or you can download each interview as an mp3 by right clicking on the blue heading under the audio.

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