Awa Jeff Aniba-Waia
Jeffrey Aniba-Waia is a Knowledge Custodian and Choreographer of his clan group of Saibai Island in the Western Torres Strait close to Papua New Guinea. His clan is Ait Koedal Augadth (or Crocodile) and Deibau Augadth (or Wild Yam) in which Jeff was also traditionally adopted in to. Jeff’s first language is Kala Kawau Ya (KKY), he was educated at a Boys College on Thursday Island and relocated to Bamaga to live. Jeff’s passion is his Torres Strait Island culture. Today Jeff is a well-known Torres Strait Island elder known for his cultural knowledge and dance through storytelling to many schools on Thursday Island and the mainland where he delivers ‘from the heart’ his passion for his culture to young children.