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Kumangka Mukapainga Tampinga (Together Remember Recognise) Free Event

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Elder Park to be lit with the faces of Aboriginal leaders
The Australia Day Council of South Australia will be presenting a very special art installation in Elder Park this Australia Day long weekend.

Uncle Frank, Elder Park
Uncle Frank. Photo courtesy Australia Day Council of South Australia


The event, Kumangka, Mukapainga, Tampinga, is an acknowledgement of some of South Australia's most inspirational Aboriginal people who have contributed to our community.

The art installation will be a projection of Aboriginal ancestors and leaders - both past and present. The projections will be held in Elder Park - known by the Kaurna people as 'Tarntanya the Place of the Big Red Kangaroo'.

Artist Craig Walsh will light up the trees in the park with the faces of these unique people. For the past 30 years, Walsh's works have been projected onto natural and urban environments all across the world. For this project, he has worked closely with the Australia Day Council of South Australia and aboriginal Kaurna elders.

Australia Day Elder Park
Kumangka, Mukapainga, Tampinga. Photo courtesy Australia Day Council of South Australia


The images of those being projected are as follows;

Ivaritji - Ivaritji ('Princess Amelia') was the last person who spoke fluent Kaurna language. Ivaritji was the daughter of Ityamaitpinna - a Kaurna man from Aldinga on the Fleurieu Peninsula and one of the chiefs of the Adelaide tribe.

David Unaipon - He is well recognised as the Aboriginal man on the Australian $50 note. A member of the Ngarrindjeri people, David Unaipon was a preacher, inventor and author.

Auntie Josie Agius - Josie Agius was widely recognised for her work with youth and the community. She received numerous awards which included the NAIDOC Aboriginal of the Year, the Centenary Medal, the David Unaipon Award and her induction into the South Australian Women's Honour Roll.

Lowitja O'Donoghue - Lowitja Lowitja (Lois) was the first black nurse in South Australia and was the first Aboriginal woman to be awarded an Order of Australia. In 1983 she was honoured with a CBE and in 1984 she was honoured as the Australian of the Year.

Gladys Elphick - In the 1940s Mrs Elphick joined the Aborigines Advancement League of South Australia and became a voice for the Indigenous people. She played a major role in the 1967 'Yes' referendum and lobbied for Aboriginal rights. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1971 for her service to the Aboriginal community.

Dr Alitya Wallara Rigney - Dr Rigney was the first Aboriginal woman in Australia to become a school principal. She was awarded an honorary PhD by the University of South Australia in 1998 for her significant contribution to the education of Aboriginal people.

Fred Agius - Fred is the son of Auntie Josie Agius and has followed in his mother's footsteps for the past 30 years and performs traditional dances with grace, ceremonial significance and culture that goes back thousands of years.

Natasha Wanganeen - Natasha is an Australian Film Industry (AFI) award-winning actor who starred in the film Rabbit Proof Fence.

Jack Kanya Kudnuitya Buckskin - In 2013 Jack was awarded South Australian Young Australian of the Year for his tireless work in the community as an educator and cultural leader. He works with Tauondi Aboriginal College in Port Adelaide as an Aboriginal Cultural ServiceMentor, and has been a strong icon in the revitalisation process of Kaurna language through managing and performing song and dance with Kuma Kaaru Cultural Services.

Frank Wanganeen - In 2017, Frank received the Premier's NAIDOC Award for his contribution and ongoing work in the area of the revival of the Kaurna Language, Aboriginal Heritage, Native Title and community engagement.

Australia Day Elder Park
Kumangka, Mukapainga, Tampinga. Photo courtesy Australia Day Council of South Australia


The projections will commence each evening at 8.30pm from the 24th to the 28th of January 2019. Entry is free.

"We are delighted that the Australia Day Council of South Australia has a commitment to working with the Aboriginal Community in order to build these bridges of understanding. Furthermore, the willingness to hear our voices and highlight our presence as first nations people on the land of the Kaurna People is a step towards a better future for us all'. - Open Circle Discussion Group

Disclosure: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people please take note that this installation contains images of deceased persons.

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Why? In this very special illumination installation, Elder Park will be lit up for 4 nights only to honour some of South Australia's most inspirational Aboriginal leaders.
When: Thursday 24th to Monday 28th January 2019 from 8.30pm onwards
Where: Elder Park (Tarntanya)
Cost: Free
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