It is a deeply spiritual culture with a belief system that is inextricably linked to land.
Today, it is probably best known for its artistic tradition with the signature Papunya Tula ‘dot art’ style paintings easily recognizable around the world.
“I love my job I love the fact I can inspire so many women but these keyboard warriors don't even understand how hurtful their words can be.” Samantha’s message was met with hundreds of comments from fans supporting her decision to call out trolls.
“You’re a gorgeous person inside and out and you’re allowed to have ‘unphotogenic’ days,” one user wrote.
I'm not one to rant and I never do as this isn't the first time it's happened but enough is enough.
“I'm not everyone's cup of tea and I'm totally fine with that,” she continued.
Hopefully the fashion week will be a chance to promote Aboriginal designers and artists in a context free of controversy.
AIFW organizers All The Perks, an indigenous owned and managed events company, tapped model Samantha Harris to be the face of the event.
We caught up with the stunning beauty to see what she had to say about the launch.
There have been a few recent examples of Aboriginal artists working with contemporary Australian brands.
The label Antipodium collaborated with indigenous artists Barbara Merritt, Manapa Butler, Ruby Mc Intosh and Roy Merritt on a collection a few seasons ago, and recently the swimwear label Kooey worked with Aboriginal artist Anne Hanning Knwarreye on exclusive prints.
The 27-year-old took to Instagram to repost a snap of herself attending the Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day in Sydney over the weekend, confessing that the negativity she'd received over the "unflattering" shot had taken its toll on her emotional well-being.
Definitely not a flattering photo of me but that's ok we can't be ready for a photo all the time But what does get me down is that all the negativity that one photo can cause The amount of hurtful & racists comments I receive is unbelievable I would never go out of my way to say that about another human I'm not one to rant and I never do as this isn't the first time it's happened but enough is enough I'm not everyone's cup of tea and I'm totally fine with that I love my job I love the fact I can inspire so many women but these keyboard warriors don't even understand how hurtful their words can be “Definitely not a flattering photo of me but that’s ok,” she began the lengthy post.