NAIDOC WEEK 2022 ILLUSTRATION PROJECT
On Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, the Brickworks Marketplace held a book launch and smoking ceremony for the winners of the “Drawing Us Together” NAIDOC Week 2022 illustration project.
The book is called “Being a Big Brother”, written by Alton Walley. The St Michael’s student designs that were the winning pages for our contribution to the book were created by Levi Biggs (6M) and Archie Duffet (6B). These students’ creative designs were published in the story and framed for the opening ceremony.
Kuma Kaaru did the Welcome to Country and performed a smoking ceremony and our St Michael’s students were very keen to cleanse their spirit with the smoke. They also performed a cultural dance involving the big red kangaroo which is a Kaurna traditional dance performed by the men. Jack Buckskin explained the spiritual significance of the ceremony and the Welcome to Country. The ceremony was held at the River Torrens site near the Brickworks Marketplace with many connections between, art, culture, spirituality and respect for Country and ancestry made at this special event.
Congratulations to Archie and Levi for being published illustrators!
Ms Kate Tyrwhitt, Art & Design Teacher and Indigenous Education Coordinator – Primary