Uncle Jack Charles – Actor

Episode 27

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

Episode 27 of the Black magic Woman Podcast is dropping today as I yarn with Uncle Jack Charles who is an Indigenous elder and activist who was born at the Cummeragunja Mission on the Murray River in Victoria in 1943.

At 12 months old Uncle Jack was taken from his mother and raised in a Salvation Army boys’ home where he was taught nothing of his Indigenous heritage.

Being part of the stolen generation affected uncle Jack deeply and he was just 17 years old when he was jailed for the first time, for petty crime to support his habit which would see him in and out of prison throughout the subsequent decades.

Uncle Jack found an escape and became involved in theatre in the 1970’s, beginning his career in acting at age 19.

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