Uncle John Graham

Proud Kombumerri elder of the saltwater people from the wider Yugambeh Language region

Biography

John Graham (Uncle John) is a Kombumerri man, a member of the wider Yugumbeh Language Group, Traditional Custodians of the Gold Coast Region. He is an Elder on the Griffith Council of Elders and was a Senior Learning Assistance Officer at the GUMURRII Unit, Griffith University, for more than 20 years. He is a mentor with strong links to Community and serves as Cultural Adviser on a variety of Committees and Projects providing guidance, protocols, and advice around culture and Public Policy. 

Artist John Graham designed the Kombumerri Together Project logo which represents the Saltwater people’s connection to land, sea, waterways and skies. The red and white sea hawk is known as Ummunjin. The Ummunjin’s behaviour signalled when fishing would be good (see Video Title Significant Totems and Symbols).