Leeton is a Githabul Dunghutti Artist and Tamborine Mountain State School's cultural educator. He is a master of his craft and an inspiring member of our State Finalist EATSIPS team. Leeton can often be found sharing culture with students - e.g., string making, explaining uses of the plants and trees in our Bush Tucker garden, building a gunyah and teaching various art techniques.
Leeton is an instrumental leader in Tamborine Mountain State School's Cultural Awareness weeks, such as NAIDOC and Reconciliation week. He has spent much of his free time learning and developing his cultural knowledge in tool and artefact making going back to traditional natural methods by hand making each item the old way and teaching.
His personal integrity, inclusive attitude and commitment to furthering his own knowledge of culture and tradition, with the express aim of passing down the skills and traditions to a new generation, corroborates his status as an inspirational role model and leader for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
"I believe that our children are our future and if we invest positive cultural experiences, values and understanding to our young people early and often, we can literally change our country's future while preserving culture one positive experience at a time, whether it is in a classroom, school oval, at the shops, or on camp in the long grasses and creeks of country." Leeton Lee
Tamborine Mountain State School
Leeton from Leets Dreaming was a pleasure to work with, Leet facilitated a day of experienced based workshops with students and teachers. The fire making workshop was a big hit and the underlying lessons from each teaching
was a perfect fit for the Deadly Futures Program. The Deadly Futures Program was delivered in partnership with the Gold Coast Titans, Deadly Choices and the Preston Campbell Foundation. We would definitely love to have Leet back during our next round of Deadly Futures.
The Preston Campbell Foundation
I have had Leeton work with approximately 800 students within our school. Leeton was absolutely amazing. He had the children engaged at all times and they could not get enough of him. The children wanted to know more and more. They came back to the hall in their own time to ask questions and to gain knowledge from him. Leeton really lit the fire in their bellies for the thirst of knowledge for our culture. I can only highly recommend Leeton for any program as we will use him again and again. I have used Leeton for NAIDOC week, didgeridoo lessons, art classes and much more. Leeton is always my first contact when it comes to anything culture.
Indigenous Education Worker
Upper Coomera State College
Biggera Waters Primary
Leeton added a wonderful cultural dynamic to our youth camp. His knowledge of bush tucker, bush medicine and bush crafts was presented in a very engaging way that had the young people eager to learn more. He has amazing skills in making traditional artefacts using traditional methods which adds an enriching quality to his presentations and enables participants to truly appreciate the beauty of Aboriginal culture. The pride and passion Leeton has for his culture is demonstrated in a very professional manner in everything he does. He was so easy to work with. I would certainly recommend Leet’s Dreaming to any group who are wanting to learn about Aboriginal culture.
Director - DreamTrack
"Leeton’s workshop provided our students with a wealth of knowledge about symbolism, Aboriginal and Islander culture and art. His perspective on contemporary art making is positive and his artworks are amazing! Leeton’s warm and friendly manner was encouraging and our students then created their own stories which were applied to the surface of clay pots they handbuilt over the 5 week unit. We linked this new found knowledge in with research into the works of Thancoupie, the Hermansburg potters and contemporary indigenous artists such as Tracey Moffatt and Gordon Bennett. I believe this has been an enormously successful Art unit which also fulfilled the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. We would love to have him back in 2017! “
Hillbrook Anglican College
Leeton Lee has visited our centre twice this year to educate our children about his Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. On his first visit, he shared his tools, fire making, axe and spear heads and Didgeridoos’. The children loved the firemaking and guessing the animal sounds of the Didgeridoo. For his second visit, he shared his art work and told us how he tells stories about his life using aboriginal symbols in his art.
Leeton connects very well with the children and imparts his knowledge in a gentle and interesting way. The children were enthralled by his story telling and the artwork they produced after learning about the symbols showed their understanding and was amazing.
I would thoroughly recommend Leeton’s cultural experiences to any educational centre wishing to learn and connect in a genuine way.
Joanne Moran (Director/Teacher)
C&K Kindergarten Tamborine Mountain