Cross Crossing Culture in Engaging With Aboriginal Artists and ArtWhen I think about engaging with Aboriginal art and artists in my curriculum planning I’m always careful to begin with the Anti-Bias Goals and Anti-Bias Actions (Scarlet, 2020).
Contemporary Aboriginal music is cultural knowledgeContemporary Aboriginal music can be a safe and approachable common ground for non-indigenous people to learn about Aboriginal culture, and share in public conversations about what Australia has been and could become.
Aboriginal art as a form of valid cultural knowledge
Aboriginal art is never merely decoration, it is linked into a culture that is threatened and complex. It preserves and sustains that culture, and expresses it to modern Australia.
Can non-Indigenous people do Aboriginal art?
The short answer to this one, is no, you can’t. Many artists and art critics believe that all art is derivative – that it is it builds on or is copied from another source. When you were in school you may have been asked to do a copy of a famous artwork such as Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or asked to do a painting in the style of an artist such as Picasso or Matisse. Art is often built on what previous artists have created.
The Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to Aboriginal ArtMany early childhood educators experience extreme anxiety when it comes to including Aboriginal perspectives in their program. Additionally, Aboriginal art seems to be a highly controversial subject of which there is lots of conflicting advice.
How do we use Aboriginal art?How do we use Aboriginal art and items from Aboriginal culture in our services? Are we being respectful of the pieces we may have acquired and are we aware of the deep connection between art and country, identity and belonging for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders?
FREE THE FLAG
In 1971, Harold Thomas, a Luritja man of Central Australia, the first Aboriginal person to graduate from an art school in Australia, designed the Australian flag.
In 2019 Aboriginal people first became aware that they would have to fight to “free the flag” as it’s use is protected under copyright law.