Name: Pastor Norman Miller
Occupation: Pastor, Indigenous Liaison Officer, Artist
Place of Residence: Cairns, QLD
Tribe/Language: Jirrbal “Rainforest Tribe”, Bar-Barrum & Tableland Yedinji
Ps Norman Miller, 53, once gifted a piece of his art to former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as a thank you for saying “sorry” to Indigenous people for past mistakes. He also commemorated with a painting the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, which provided for further rights and greater recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Norman Miller’s artworks are featured in collections around the world, including the Queensland Museum in his home state. Much of his art is motivated by a commitment to the reconciliation of Indigenous people and the championing of Indigenous rights.
Norman’s grandfather, Thomas Miller, was an Indigenous pioneer; his face a prominent feature of an historical Herberton town mural, painted by artists Terry Tanner and Sherry Vincent.
Born in Atherton, Norman grew up at Wondecla in Queensland. He is a descendant of the rainforest Bama people. He is inspired by his heritage as a member of the Jirrbal, Bar-Barrum and Tableland Yidinji tribes. Norman’s Indigenous name is Munganbana or Mountain Water in the Jirrbal language.
“All over Australia there are many tribes. Jesus Himself comes from a tribe. He is from the tribe of Judah. It’s important that we recognise the tribes that we come from, but we should also pray and prophecy that they would come into alignment with the Lion of the tribe of Judah,” said Norman.
“I believe that God gave Indigenous people the anointing to be able to walk on the land. As Indigenous people walk on this land of Australia God is going to touch them, impact their hearts, impact their spirit, and they’re going to walk in a new way with the Lord.
“God loves each one of us and that was why he went to the cross to demonstrate that perfect love. A true reconciliation can only come about when we are truly reconciled with the Lord,” he said.
Walking beside Norman, and supporting him in his life and work, is his wife Ps Barbara Miller. Together they founded the Centre for Indigenous Reconciliation & Peace Inc. and planted a Church in Cairns in 1996. Their ministry has a strong focus on reconciliation, justice, prayer and worship.
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