Honouring the Kulin people and the generations to come 2022

BLACKALL, Donna (Yorta Yorta/Taungurung) (artist); Kaff-eine (technician)

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BLACKALL, Donna (Yorta Yorta/Taungurung) (artist); Kaff-eine (technician)


Honouring the Kulin people and the generations to come

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Commissioned by the City of Melbourne, 2022
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection
© Courtesy of the artist


Donna Blackall, Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, weaving, Kulin nation, 2021


This painted mural is a recreation of a flax weaving by Yorta Yorta/Taungurung artist Donna Blackall. The weaving was commissioned by the City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection in 2021. The mural is painted in the lightwell of the Town Hall Commons and was executed on behalf of the artist by the technician, Kaff-eine.

Artist Statement: 'The centre circle represents the Earth that we all stand on today and the most important thing in life. The green is for the grass that we have here in Victoria during the year, the specks of orange are for the soil underneath – the rich ochre that lays throughout the Australian countryside.

The five surrounding circles show the five countries of the Kulin nation – Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Wadawurung, Taungurung and Dja Dja wurrung. Two of these tribes reside in Melbourne and surrounding districts and three tribes in the outer parts of Victoria.

The blue and green radiating lines are the many rivers that divide countries and that run throughout parts of the Kulin. They provide so much, not only for the people but also the animals and the land. Keeping these rivers clean, ensures we stay healthy and that they will always be there in future.

The purple U shape stands for two elders to represent their tribe/country within the Kulin nation. Traditionally the people of the Kulin would gather several times of the year in different seasons, sharing knowledge, food, gifts, messages and ceremonies. Today the Kulin people gather together for the Tanderrum festival, welcoming people from around the world, to this special and unique part of country.

The rings bind the five countries together, with a connection to knowledge of the past ancestors, that’s shared and passed onto the next generation.

The red and purple U shapes are for the next two generations of Kulin people, representing the country and many of our other indigenous and non-indigenous people that stand upon the land and caretake for the land in the Kulin Nation, Victoria, Australia and the World.' - Donna Blackall, 2021