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.­mu­ni­ d485741 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Meena Oster­meyer, Diana Sa­banagic, artist Dana Anaru, Lana Maggs and Danielle Doolan-Pick­ett.­mu­ni­ d485195 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

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

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