This year we celebrate the relationship between the land and the Traditional Owners of this land with a very special project which will be easily spotted between Mandja and Gus’s Bar: an interactive Rainbow Serpent/Waugal art installation.
We’d love festival goers of all ages to join in by painting a small pattern or using their creative license to leave their mark. The body of the Rainbow Serpent will be a blank ‘canvas’ at the start of the weekend. We will have different coloured paints for freehand painting and stamps with crazy patterns that you can use to bring her to life.
As a head start, pardon the pun, the 3D head and tail is being created by students at Pinjarra Senior High School.
We are honoured to have the support and sanction of this project from Gloria Kearing who is an Elder and Traditional Owner in the Pinjarra region. The Bindjareb woman has very kindly shared the story of the local Waugal with us, which has been passed down from her ancestors.
Here’s an excerpt from this special story: “The Aboriginal people who lived in the Peel Region would gather around a big campfire that lit up the trees and sing and dance while calling on the creative spirit of the Waugal to help them. They wanted creeks with shady pools and deep permanent waterholes around which they could camp…”
This is a fantastic project that will enrich our culture through engagement with the Traditional Owners of the land in which the festival takes place.
All images courtesy of Mandurah Mail and Richard Polden