Meet the Mob: Medika Thorpe

Meet the Mob

As part of our ongoing promotion of our culture we want to promote the guides and people who are making it possible.

Why do we say Mob?

Mob‘ is a term we use to identifying people associated with a particular place or country. ‘Mob‘ is a term that is extremely important to us because it is used to identify who they are and where they are from.

So each week we are going to help you,  meet the Mob.

Meet…. Medika Thorpe

Medika Thorpe is a Gunai and Gureng Gureng woman from Melbourne, Victoria. She grew up in and around Sydney being immersed in the Indigenous Arts scene as a young child. Medika is very passionate for the Arts and has worked in many different Indigenous organizations in Australia and Canada. Medika is currently the Executive Director of a new World Indigenous Film Festival, Winda Film Festival.

Medika started as a dancer, facilitating youth dance workshops part of Vibe 3on3s and Vibe Alive’s travelling around regional and remote communities in Australia with the Vibe Australia team. She appeared on Logie-nominated youth TV program ‘Move It Mob Style’ and recently appeared on NITV’s Comedy Show ‘Express Yourself’.

Her background in the performing arts led her to work with Vibe Australia as the Community Engagement Manager and at NITV (National Indigenous Television) as the Production Coordinator for the Indigenous News & Current Affairs Team.

Medika recently returned back to Australia after spending two years living and working in Toronto, Canada as the Guest Services Manager for imagineNATIVE, the World’s Largest Indigenous Film Festival. Medika is looking forward to her new role and is thrilled for this new and exciting venture.

Who’s your mob?

Gunnai, Goreng Goreng & Gunditjmara

What’s your favourite thing about your current job?

Creating an event bringing people together and celebrating Indigenous stories

What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?

Living and working in Canada for imagineNATIVE and returning home to start a film festival.

If you could do anything, besides what you’re doing now, what would you do?

Singer/Songwriter

What do you want people to understand most about our culture?

That it is rich and deep and we have so much to learn and share.

What do you think the biggest misconception is about our culture?

There are so many misconceptions like how people think Aboriginal people don’t know what’s good for them, but we’ve lived on this land for thousands of years and we’ve survived this long, we know how to care for country, our people and for the next generations.

What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend?

Going to community events, beach or bush walking

Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?

Harbonnières, France to visit my Great Great Grandfather Henry ‘Harry’ Thorpe’s grave site who was killed in battle during serving in WW1

What are your hobbies?

Painting, op shopping, playing netball.

Random Fact, If you could go back to anytime in history, where would you go?

To see the land and meet our ancestors before colonization

Quote to live by

From Little Things Big Things Grow – not sure if its a quote but a great song title by Uncle Kev Carmody