Walu-ma-rra Ceramic Mug
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Show love for our beautiful country through this year's NAIDOC theme. “Heal Country, Heal our Nation” invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country.
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Style: Ceramic Mug
Materials: 100% ceramic
Artist: Lani Balzan
Walu-ma-rra means to be a guardian, protect. This painting is very special to me. It has my totem maliyan (the wedgetail eagle) and represents our beautiful country and the importance of protection.
The wedgetail eagle is very significant and it brings healing to our people and has an important specific meaning for many of our people. The strength and beauty the wedgetail eagle represent makes it perfect for this design.
In the painting the maliyan represents the guardian of our land. This year's NAIDOC theme “Heal Country” calls for all of us to continue to seek better protection for our land, our waters, sacred sites and our cultural traditions from exploitation, desecration and destruction.
Since colonisation so much has impacted our land, animals and our culture. Land clearing, urban development, change in traditional fire management, farming and pollution to name a few. These all have a significant impact on our ecosystems through destruction of our native plants and animals.
We have lost so much already and it is time we changed. Our land and animals are our culture and by having the land destroyed, our sacred sites will be gone forever. We can all work together as Australians to be guardians and protect our lands and culture.
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We are proud to support First Nations artists, community organisations, non-for-profits, and small Indigenous-owned retail businesses. Our diverse audience and customers gives us the ability to reach all Australians and promote cultural awareness and appreciation. Together in the last 3 years we have directed $1.8 million to Indigenous employment and training, artist compensation and promotion, model contracts and direct community funding.
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Original Artwork by:
Aboriginal Wiradjuri woman