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Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher i(A107964 works by) (a.k.a. Thanakupi; Thanacoupie; Tapich Gloria Fletcher)
Born: Established: 1937 Weipa, Aurukun - Bamaga area, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, ; Died: Ceased: 23 Apr 2011 Weipa, Aurukun - Bamaga area, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland,
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Thaynakwith
(Storyteller) assertion
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Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher is an Elder of the Thaynakwith peoples in the Western Cape York area of far north Queensland. Thancoupie is the only remaining fluent speaker of the Thaynakwith language.

Thancoupie was born at Weipa to Ida and Jimmy James and was given the name Thanakupi at birth. Her mother gave her the name Gloria James at her Baptism. In rediscovering her language, she adopted the name Thancoupie but she also uses the variant spelling Thanakupi. Thancoupie grew up in the small Napranum community and attended the mission school there before studying ceramics in Sydney.

Thancoupie has worked as a ceramic artist, story teller, educator, community leader, advocate, and negotiator. She began telling her community's stories through clay, tile and other ceramic arts. Her life work has been recording the language and stories of the Thaynakwith people. Thancoupie was awarded the 2006 Visual Arts Emeritus Award by the Australia Council for the Arts for her unparalleled career as an Indigenous artist, teacher, and community leader.

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2008 Queensland Greats Awards Dr Fletcher James has played a vital role in promoting and enhancing the image of Aboriginal culture through art and education. Dr Fletcher James has exhibited her ceramic artworks nationally and abroad, receiving great praise. She established educational facilities and programs for children and she continues to be an ambassador for Indigenous people.
2006 Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Visual Arts Emeritus Award
2003 Order of Australia Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) As: Fletcher-James, Thanacoupie Gloria
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