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Artist invited to Oprah’s party

Artist Kurun Warun played didgeridoo for Oprah in Sydney and also gave her one of his paintings.
Artist Kurun Warun played didgeridoo for Oprah in Sydney and also gave her one of his paintings. Darryn Smith

HE has danced for Bill Clinton’s daughter, received a standing ovation from the Saudi Arabian national guard and performed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

With a resume like that, being invited to Oprah’s private party was just another day on the job for Pomona indigenous artist, Kurun Warun.

The 44-year-old is part of the Koomurri group that welcomed the talk show queen to Australia last month.

For 30 minutes she was captivated by an Aboriginal smoke ceremony which involved dance and didgeridoo music against a backdrop of the Harbour Bridge.

“It was an absolute privilege to meet with Oprah and the 300 guests she was travelling with,” he said.

“I do believe she was very respectful to Australian culture. She did not climb Uluru and respected local tribal customs.”

While Kurun admits he enjoys watching the occasional Oprah show on TV, he was not star-struck when they spoke.

“We chatted about Australian history and I welcomed her to our shores,” he said.

“I met her stylist and publicist, too, who were both lovely people.

“But to be honest, big, flashy, lavish events are not my thing. I have more fun mucking around with the lads.”

Kurun, a respected indigenous dot artist, gave Oprah his painting called Pundin Parreyt or Living With Water.

It is similar to the one which hangs in actor Pierce Brosnan’s Hawaiian home.

Kurun is a member of the indigenous Guntijamara tribe and is a descendant of Truganini.


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