Karno Martin

Karno Martin is an indigenous Australian coming from a group of Aboriginal people local to the Adelaide metropolitan area known as the Kaurna people, and also the Narungga people from Yorke Peninsula.

Karno’s traditional family group from the Kaurna nation is the Mullawirra Meyunna (Dry Forest People). He has grown up in Adelaide from the age of 3 and has pursued his interest in the knowledge of culture. Guided by his uncle Karl Telfer, Karno has learnt much of what it means to be an Aboriginal man.

Through the learning about stories of the country, language and dance. Karno has had many great opportunities to share culture with travellers that come to Adelaide through some of Adelaide’s most prestigious events and festivals like, Adelaide Fringe, Tasting Australia, Adelaide Festival, opening and doing welcoming ceremonies for performers including Ed Sheeran and Jessica Mauboy.

Karno is a part of the traditional dance group Yellaka, meaning ‘old wisdom new ways’. This dance group is well known in Adelaide for their sharing of culture and stories through dance and narrations both in Adelaide and overseas in places like China and Vanuatu.

Karno focuses his knowledge and skills towards teaching nowadays, he has been an employee at the catholic primary school Star Of The Sea for the past 7 years now as part of the schools Marine Discovery Centre. Karno works as a cultural educator and marine trainee, his role includes teaching visiting classes about marine and environmental sustainability. Karno does this by integrating old knowledge and traditional methods of living of hunting and gathering and the understanding of the natural world.


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