Sam Watson has blood ties to the Wanjiburrah people of the lands around Beenleigh and Mt. Jamborine, the lawful owners of the Yugenby language. He also has family connections to the Jagara, Yuggerah and Yuggerapull peoples who are the traditional owners of the country on which Brisbane was built. He also has family and blood line connections to the Biri Gubba people, the Kalkadoon nation and the Wik / Mapoon peoples.
His works include the award-winning novel The Kadaitcha Sung (Penguin Books); plays The Mack and Oodgeroo – Bloodline to Country and the film Black Man Down.
Sam co-founded the Australian Indigenous Peoples Political Party in 1993. He also ran for public office himself at local, state and federal elections and advocated for a treaty with the British Crown.
Across these past five decades Sam has served on many local, state and federal committees; worked on death in custody cases and worked with Stolen Generation peoples.
In his artistic work Sam explores traditional indigenous cultural themes and tensions. He asserts his own identity as a traditional owner and custodian of the lands across south east Queensland and he celebrates his close affinity and bond with the spiritual strengths of country.