Colour­ful ap­proach

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In­dige­nous mu­rals bring colour to two Gos­nells schools.

THE six In­dige­nous sea­sons have been de­picted in a new se­ries of mu­rals un­veiled at Bram­field Park Pri­mary School.

In­dige­nous artists Michelle and Den­nis Kick­ett worked along­side staff and stu­dents at the Madding­ton school to de­sign and de­velop the pro­ject, which ar­tis­ti­cally por­trays the Noon­gar sea­sons of Bi­rak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kam­barang, as well as the War­gal, or rain­bow ser­pent.

Bram­field Park PS Abo­rig­i­nal Ed­u­ca­tion lead teacher Robyn Bai­ley said the mu­ral themes were cho­sen to re­flect on the depth of Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture. “They show a deep un­der­stand­ing of the cli­mate and the flora and fauna of the land, and how it was man­aged and sus­tained for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she said.

“Over the past year three stu­dents have con­trib­uted to each panel of the mu­ral, work­ing along­side our res­i­dent pro­fes­sional artists to as­sist in the com­ple­tion of the art­works.

“The mu­rals will en­able stu­dents to un­der­stand the six sea­sons and War­gal story and will form a ba­sis for fu­ture cul­tural work with the stu­dents lis­ten­ing to the War­gal story and learn­ing about the spir­i­tu­al­ity of Abo­rig­i­nal totems.

“The Bram­field Park Pri­mary School com­mu­nity are ex­cited about this artis­tic pro­ject and its abil­ity to cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity to move to­wards be­ing a more cul­tur­ally re­spon­sive school.”

Beck­en­ham Pri­mary School also re­cently un­veiled a new In­dige­nous mu­ral.

Artist Dana Anaru cre­ated the piece, which de­picts the im­por­tance of the Can­ning River to the Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, af­ter be­ing in­spired by this year’s Naidoc Week theme Be­cause of her we can.

DUST off the kilts and prac­tise those Scot­tish ac­cents, the Ar­madale High­land Gath­er­ing and Perth Kilt Run re­turns on Septem­ber 9.

The cel­e­bra­tion of all things Scot­tish will kick off with the kilt run, where hun­dreds are ex­pected to don the iconic cul­tural garb for a 2.5km or 5km run.

From there the pop­u­lar High­land Gath­er­ing will kick off, bring­ing with it live Scot­tish mu­sic, high­land danc­ing, heavy event com­pe­ti­tions, a me­dieval fair, Scot­tish-themed tav­ern, and a range of food, clan and craft stalls.

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said it was the largest Scot­tish-themed event in the state.

“There re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one and the at­mos­phere is spec­tac­u­lar,” he said. “Most of those that do come are hooked and con­tinue to re­turn in the fol­low­ing years.

“For Scot­tish res­i­dents who hail from around the Perth metropoli­tan area, the event pro­vides them a day to cel­e­brate their cul­ture and em­u­lates the high­land gath­er­ings from their own coun­try.

“For non-Scot­tish res­i­dents, it pro­vides a glimpse into a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and pro­vides them with an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a tra­di­tional high­land gath­er­ing, against the back­drop of a sunny Aus­tralian day.”

The Ar­madale High­land Gath­er­ing and Perth Kilt Run is at Min­nawarra Park, Ar­madale from 8.30am, Septem­ber 9.

Visit www.perthk­ilt for more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter to take part in the Perth Kilt Run.­mu­ni­ d485741

Meena Oster­meyer, Diana Sa­banagic, artist Dana Anaru, Lana Maggs and Danielle Doolan-Pick­ett. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

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Me­hdia Noori, An­nalese Ford, Jorga Thow­less and Feiyang Li.

Paul Lit­tle, Ar­madale Coun­cil­lor Colin Camp­bell, Lau­ren Carr, Mick McIn­tosh and Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones are ready for Septem­ber 9’s Kilt Run.

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