Wergaia Elder Professor Eleanor Bourke is the proprietor of the Mount Noorat Hotel, near Warrnambool.
Eleanor has dedicated her career to fighting for Aboriginal rights in her roles with the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council and Native Title Services Victoria. She never lived on Country but was lucky enough to be raised by her grandmother, Eleanor Pepper, who told her stories about her Aboriginal culture.
The pelican is a family totem, so she has pelican sculptures watching over her and bringing good luck.
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Mt Noorat Hotel: Wergaia Elder Professor Eleanor Bourke,
Sarah Rhodes, photographer,
silver gelatin print, 60x60cm,
Koorie Heritage Trust, 2011
Not to be reproduced without permission from the artist.