The Wirrigan Man 

Francis Firebrace

of the Yorta Yorta People






Aboriginal Celebrity Francis Firebrace 

Aboriginal Celebrity

Now recognised as one of Australia's

foremost Aboriginal storytellers,

Francis Firebrace has been yarning (telling stories)  "since he can't remember when," and Australians, both young and old alike have delighted in his dreaming stories performed at schools, functions, festivals and theatres. Over the past 16 years this devotion has carried Francis across several continents where his ancient    stories are treated by indigenous and non indigenous peoples with the utmost respect and   admiration and with every performance he leaves a lasting impression.

Invited to perform at storytelling festivals from the bare landscape of Alaska to the lush settings of Scotland. In 1997, Francis was invited to the International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh, where the
Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) conference was held, the festival being a major feature of this prestigious event.

Francis is a highly respected contemporary Aboriginal artist, whose works have been displayed and distributed throughout the world.

More about Francis's art on the art work page.
Francis learnt some of his dreaming stories as a drover and a stockman during his younger years. At this time he was working in outback New South Wales and Queensland, where his interest began to grow, and he studied and learnt his many stories of this vast land.

Francis's popularity could well be due to the fact that the stories he tells contain important  messages about caring for each other and the earth, and about racism and greed. He aims to bridge the gaps separating people by generating a greater understanding of his cultural heritage and the  lessons it contains.

With sounds of the yidiki echoing in the background, Francis often performs with a didgeridoo player and dancer to add to the vividness of his storytelling. He combines these dimensions into an exciting, entertaining and enlightening performance pleasing audiences of all ages and cultures. His message of culture tolerance, equality, care for others and environmental conservation impact on all people,
"red and yellow, black and white, the earth is colour blind, and deserves the respect of all mankind."


Francis Firebrace's palm print

The Wirrigan Man - Francis Firebrace

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