Kumangka, Mukapainga, Tampinga - Together, Remember, Recognise
Kumangka, Mukapainga, Tampinga, is our way of acknowledging, remembering and recognising, further thanking Aboriginal people who have contributed to our community , and those of which who are leading the way for our younger generations to follow. These individuals have committed to bettering the lives and identities of Aboriginal people in South Australia and abroad simultaneously bridging both worlds.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please take note that this installation contains images of deceased persons.
24 - 28 January: 8:30pm
Free Event/Family Friendly
Elder Park (Tarntanya)
Through this project we aim to honour our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community to bridge our understanding and views of Australia Day. During the Australia Day long weekend, Elder Park (Tarntanya) will house a stunning art installation as a symbol of Aboriginal peoples belonging both past and present. Known to the Kaurna people as ‘Tarntanya - the Place of the Big Red Kangaroo’, Elder Park will be lit up with the faces of Aboriginal Ancestors and leaders.
‘Australia’s home began with its first nations peoples.
Artist Craig Walsh and the Australia Day Council of South Australia have worked closely with representatives from the Aboriginal community, exploring the unique stories specific to SA and Elder Park area in order to artistically formulate this project. Craig Walsh has become widely known internationally over the last 30 years for his pioneering works including innovative approaches to projection mapping in unconventional sites, both responsive to communities and environments and remains distinctive for its conceptual underpinnings and deftly woven narratives. His works have animated natural environments and features such as trees, rivers and mountains, as well as public art projects in urban and architectural space. He is also renowned for his site interventions at live events, music festivals, art institutions and international contemporary art exhibitions. For this project one of Walsh most iconic works utilising digital projection of portraits onto trees is adapted and developed for the Elder Park site in collaboration with aboriginal Kaurna elders.
The images of those being projected are as follows;
Ivaritji - Ivaritji is widly known to be the last person who spoke Kaurna language fluently. Through the advocacy work she was able to build relationships between black and white and pass on an important legacy to her dependence as a traditional Kaurna Aboriginal woman.
David Unaipon - He is well known by many as the Aboriginal man on the $50 note and more so the man who was very prominently for improving the mechanical sheep shearing hand tool. An extraordinary individual, an inventor, preacher and writer.
Auntie Josie Agius - This extraordinary Kaurna woman became an icon to SA as the lady who bought people together with her Welcome to County speeches and her passion for Aboriginal achievement especially with her work with young people.
Lowitja O’Donoghue - In 1990 Lowitja was the first chairperson for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and continued to be an ambassador and spokesperson for Aboriginal people across Australia and the community.
Gladys Elphick - In 1971 Aunty Glad was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of service to the Aboriginal community.
Fred Agius - With big shoes to fill Fred is the son of Auntie Josie Aguis and has followed in his mother’s footsteps for the past 30 years. A cultural man, he can dance his traditional dances with grace, deep ceremonial significants and his cultural practices stemming thousands of years.
Natasha Wanganeen - Natasha is highly respected leading young person in the Aboriginal community and abroad, known for her passionate advocacy work and appearances in film and television, theatre and festivals.
Jack Kanya Kudnuitya Buckskin - In 2011 Jack was awarded Young Australian of the Year for South Australia for his tireless work in the community as an educator and cultural leader. Jack is committed to educating the community and sharing Kaurna culture.
Frank Wanganeen - Born in Point Pearce, Frank is a passionate advocate for reconciliation and has played an important role as a mover and shaker in the Aboriginal community through his work with councils and committees.
Tjunkaya Ken - Tjunkaya has been very instrumental in keeping her Pitjantjatjara culture strong through her connections with the APY lands and local Anangu community.
The installation will be a reminder to many attending, of the continuing presence and a reflection of Australia’s First Nations People. And what better place to do this but at Elder Park ‘Tarntanya’ during Australia Day 2019.
"We are delighted that the Australia Day Council of South Australia has commitment to working with the Aboriginal Community in order to build these bridges of understanding. Furthermore, the willingness to hear our voices and highlight our presence as first nations people on the land of the Kaurna People is a step towards a better future for us all’.
- Open Circle Discussion Group