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Meet the NAIDOC 2021 Artists

We are excited to show off our new NAIDOC 2021 range, get to know our artists and their stories below:
DHAWDNAYPA DHOEY NITHAPA (HEALING THE LAND)
My Artwork for this year's NAIDOC 2021, the two hands in unity for both First Nation People of this land Australia, the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Their country and islands have suffered immensely from global warming and climate change. This has affected their traditional country, homelands and islands as such in the Torres Strait islands which have directly impacted low level islands with rising sea level. We also see extreme weather patterns around Australia causing great impact on our people’s lives. The dhoeri and didgeridoo represent our dances and songs which can aid in healing our land. We are resilient people, who connect spiritually to our country and islands through our kinship, language, traditions and Love, this entwines our First Nation people. The different totemic/clan designs represent our identity. The hands with the pouring of the water symbolise cleansing and regrowth, in harmony for the future generations of our people. 
Healing Boodjah
The painting represents this year's NAIDOC theme which is healing county. Boodjah in my Noongar language means country. The blues represent our Wardarn (Ocean), the green represents our Boodjah whilst the white represents my ancestors and their spirits healing and protecting our countries. The circles represent stars, suns and families whom all are connected together to protect and live as one on this Boodjah. 
 
‘Maaruma-li (heal)’
Maaruma-li represents the 2021 NAIDOC theme, ‘Heal Country’ through the lenses of connection and active listening. The river lines through the middle symbolise the continuous journey of our relationship and connection to country that starts before time and goes beyond words. Country is our life line. Our identity is embedded in Country. We are all Country’s children, we are her voice and we all have a responsibility to protect and heal her. The concentric circles throughout the painting represent First nation voices and taking the time to actively listen and learn from us about ways we have been healing Country for thousands of years. For. Thousands. Of. Years! If Country’s voice won’t be heard we need to continue to amplify it for her protection and for the fires of our children. The journey lines are connecting these voices.
 HEAL COUNTRY
‘Heal Country’ illustrates the 2021 NAIDOC Theme. It reflects the importance of everyone coming together to acknowledge the longest surviving culture in the world and the Country which has been cared for since time immemorial. The artwork shows that we need to care for Country and stop the destruction of our sacred sites, desecration of the land and pollution of our waterways. This had to happen soon  to ensure the land and all it’s beauty and knowledge can be sustained for our future generations. The bottom of the painting with traditional symbols reflects the cultural knowledge that is held within the land itself and the importance of sharing this to Heal Country and continuing our culture and heritage. The deep reds, browns and earthy tones reflect the country’s landscape with the blues illustrating our oceans and waterways. The centre circle shows the community and everyone coming together from all ages and backgrounds to share knowledge, yarn and care about the land. By Healing Country and working together it is not only our land that benefits but our spirit, atwork which reflect hope and a journey forward which comes from working together as a respectful community to Heal Country. 
 
 
 
 
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