Arts Is Our Voice Support Indigenous Arts

This article includes mentions of the Stolen Generations. When organising an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander arts event, the golden rule is not to hold it simultaneously with a sporting event. If you have to choose between the two, it is likely that our mob will go to the footy game.

It is difficult to maintain support for the arts, and the COVID epidemic has made it more difficult. Many discussions take place about sports given preferential treatment during the pandemic. However, heavy restrictions are place on arts and cultural events.

The NAIDOC week celebrations cancel, but the football continues to operate. The complaining commentary about the incontinences that football codes have experienced is not only annoying, but it also causes anger at those who do not follow the restrictions. My social media accounts and emails flooded with information about cancellations and closures of theatres, festivals and museums from the local and state levels. Some temporary, some permanent.

Arts As Voice

Aboriginal art, a visual gift of culture that dates back to ancient times, is the first form of art in this nation. It conveys history, story, language. Recent recognition of rock art from the Drysdale River National Park, Kimberley, as Australia’s oldest-known rock paintings, has occurred.

Amazing are the 17,300-year old painting of a kangaroo, and 12,000-year-old Gwion figures. They are diverse in their artistic styles, identify different social groups and record ceremonies. They are more than just pictures, they are historical monuments to Aboriginal culture.

The cultural connections of dreaming and song lines continue through our art. Art teaches us how to live and relate to one another. Art is use to teach and maintain knowledge.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities share a history that too often forgotten. Our art provides spaces for us as artists to remember, grieve, educate, and create social change.

Grant Paulson, Arts Community Development Worker

It is important for me to highlight something that directly refers to me and my culture. It is nice to see something that represents you and your mob in a world that often ignores you.

Art is our voice. In 1996, there was no louder voice than that of the Ngurrara people. They were integral to the creation and preservation of an 80-square-metre canvas. The complex and beautiful Ngurrara paintings I & II depict the country of the Walmajarri & Wangkajunga people, the Great Sandy Desert. They are a statement of sovereignty by the community.

The paintings were create by 19 traditional owners and are evidence of the Ngurrara People’s connection with country. They were submit as part their native title claim for 1996. They used art to express their rightful claim on land. It was a powerful sight to see each artist standing on the spot where the painting was create and speaking about their country connection. Their native title was finally recognize after ten years.

Another way to see the selflessness of Aboriginal people is through art. The work of the renown Yankunytjara, Pitjantjatjara artist, and Ngangkari, traditional doctor Betty Muffler was feature on Vogue’s September cover last year during NAIDOC week.

Betty brings motion, energy and vibration to her work by transferring her hands from her hands onto the canvas. This senior cultural woman has been walking across the country for years to provide healing for those in need

The History Of Silencing Aboriginal Arts

People of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal peoples have suffered discrimination since colonization and settler laws. The 1897 Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act, which was pass under the pretence of stopping the illegal drug trade in the United States, increase police freedoms. These freedoms allowed the removal of Aboriginal peoples from one reserve and the removal of Aboriginal children. They also made it possible to decide with whom these children would be place.

The Act also prohibited cultural practices, including no dancing, speaking or performing any kind of dance and no teaching children. These laws were in force until the mid-1970s. It was an attack upon our existence, identity, and being. As a result, intergenerational traumas developed. The lives of Aboriginal people were significantly affect by the removal of the practice of culture and art. It was harmful to the physical and spiritual disconnect from art.

Toni Janke, A Musician And Meriam

It’s about education, responsibility, and sharing through community identity and belonging. It’s about leaving a legacy and passing on our talents. Because of our rich cultural heritage, I believe that we all are artists in our own way.

Aboriginal art, in its current form, has allowed us to share our culture and is now world-famous. The power of art can help to revive Aboriginal culture. It has been made more popular by the rise of commerce, which has led to economic sustainability, which has allowed some Indigenous peoples to continue living in Country.

Art therapy is a field that acknowledges and documents the link between creativity and healing. Making art, which can be used as a creative tool to decolonize, can help with healing, resuscitation, and emotional well-being. Culture can be expressed and asserted.

Art conveys emotion, perspective, perspective, and attitude through visual media, performance and music, as well as the written word. Sport has also benefited from artistic inclusion through the use of First Nations artists’ designs on jerseys and merchandise and through performances at the being and of games.

Supporting Aboriginal people’s long-standing connections to art and culture is a simple way to improve their health and address other social inequalities. Both the government and society must prioritize support for the arts in these times, just as they do for sport.