Nandjimadji Art Group
The Nandjimadji Art Group is an initiative of Suncare Community Services and connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with a disability, and their carers, to share stories and build resilience through art and yarning. AOCRA and Va'a World Sprints are privileged to be able to support the Nandjimadji Ceremonial Canoe project and share the Nandjimadji story. The Ceremonial Canoe and it's story are a representation of the support and respect that is at the core of Va'a Outrigger paddling and the canoe, artwork and story form an integral component of Va'a World Sprints 2016. We encourage all paddlers to embrace the Nandjimadji values, artists and their supporters. The Nandjimadji Ceremonial Canoe, it's art work, artists and values will be integrated thoughout the Va'a World Sprints in ceremonies, displays, event branding and a range of Nandjimadji products.
Nandjimadji "To Lighten the Load" - Ceremonial Outrigger Canoe
- The bow of the outrigger shows our spirit people and Ancestors, they are at the front as they are guiding us through the water and creating a clear pathway for us, on one side the art work represents woman's business and the other side is men's business.
- The centre of the outrigger shows 6 U symbols in individual circles, the U represents a person and symbolises the 6 individual crew members all linked and working as a team.
- The sea life and river creatures represent the water totems and creatures, they form part of the art work to show our acknowledgment and respect for them and ask that they watch over us in the water
- At the stern or back of the outrigger we have the symbols for the elements of wind pushing us across the water. The water symbol shown as calm on one side for the rivers and large waves on the other side for the ocean. A celestial body representing both the earth and a star connecting us to our spirituality.
- On the ama we have hand prints by multiple community members showing their support and helping to hold us steady in the water, the rainbow serpent circles the outrigger as a connector to the dreaming and a protector . On the top section of the bow and stern are symbols representing us coming together from different tribes, and working together as one community.