Noon­gar art for air­port to cel­e­brate Naidoc Week.

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - FRONT PAGE -

VITA War­rell be­lieves women are the back­bone of fam­i­lies, his­tory and fu­ture.

“Our moth­ers, our aun­ties, our grand­moth­ers – they’re our teach­ers, our pro­tec­tors,” she said.

“They’re our first and big­gest in­spi­ra­tion.

“They pave the way for us to be­lieve we can do any­thing we put our heart and our mind to.

“And we get taught all these things and we be­come the teach­ers for our daugh­ters and nieces, be­cause they’re our next gen­er­a­tion and our fu­ture lead­ers.”

The 35-year-old Noon­gar artist jumped at the chance when asked by Perth Air­port to in­ter­pret Naidoc Week and its theme this year, “Be­cause of her, we can!”m through a paint­ing. Her paint­ing, Give, Pro­vide, Nur­ture, pays trib­ute to the givers of life, providers for many, the nur­tur­ers to all, while be­ing guided by the spir­its of the an­ces­tors.

“The spir­its of our an­ces­tors guide us through life, no mat­ter the sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

Perth Air­port chief cor­po­rate ser­vices of­fi­cer De­bra Blas­kett said it was ter­rific to ap­pre­ci­ate Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and ac­knowl­edged the lead­er­ship role played by Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der women in the com­mu­nity.

The air­port awards two Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der schol­ar­ships dur­ing Naidoc Week.

Vita War­rell with her paint­ing.

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