The Advertiser (Adelaide, S.A.,
Australia) August 20, 2003
SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 5
'stealing' Aboriginal art
Prince Harry has been told by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Commission to stop stealing Aboriginal symbols and copying painting
styles for his own art work.
"His family has been stealing from us for 200 years,"
ATSIC culture, rights and justice committee chairman Rodney Dillon
said yesterday. Mr Dillon, just back from the UK where he negotiated
the return of indigenous remains, said Prince Harry's own Aboriginal-inspired
paintings were a form of "cultural theft".
Prince Harry, due in Australia in November, unveiled a series of
his Aboriginal-style works earlier this year following celebrations
for his 18th birthday.
The royal art student was applauded at the time for his technique
but some Aboriginal artists in Australia have taken exception to
his use of indigenous motifs. They have accused the prince of breaching
intellectual and cultural property rights. "When people do
this without any understanding of the spirit of these things, they
are being disrespectful," Mr Dillon said. "It's nothing
for some of the English people to do this. They have stolen our
remains and they think they can steal our art."
But Mr Dillon said the prince would be forgiven because of his
youth. "It is offensive but I don't think we should be too
hard on the young fellow . . . I think he has just got to learn
what he can and cannot do," he said.
take on this story, along with an image of the Prince and his art,
see the article
in The Guardian, UK.