Indigenous art bringing culture to Kinross Primary School

Ngarluma artist Loreen Samson with Alysia Cooper (Year 1), Blake Eamus (Year 5), Noah Jowitt (Year 2) and Zane Cooper (Year 3). Picture: Martin Kennealey d492055
Ngarluma artist Loreen Samson with Alysia Cooper (Year 1), Blake Eamus (Year 5), Noah Jowitt (Year 2) and Zane Cooper (Year 3). Picture: Martin Kennealey d492055

ABORIGINAL artists have been working to brighten up the grounds at Kinross Primary School.

Roebourne Art Group manager Lesley Murray and Loreen Samson visited the school to share stories from Ms Samson’s mother’s Ngarluma Country in Roebourne and from her fathers Yindjibarni side.

“The mural inside the tunnel represents Ngarluma Country by the sea and the Millstream area of Yindjibarni Country of the Warloo (serpent) and how he shaped the water ways of Millstream,” Ms Murray said.

“We are also sharing and acknowledging the culture of the students so they can share their story and make their mark by their hand print.”

Zane Cooper (Year 3), Noah Jowitt (Year 2), Anaiwin artist Lesley Murray, Blake Eamus (Year 5), Ngarluma artist Loreen Samson and Alysia Cooper (Year 1). Picture: Martin Kennealey

Principal Therese Gorton said the school constructed a nature playground last year, which it named Waabiny (Playtime) Playground following suggestions from the students.

“The playground was constructed to incorporate elements of the Aboriginal culture, including the concept of a journey, seasons, turtles, creek bed and art work,” she said.

Ms Gorton said following the completion of the mural, more work will be done including signage in the noongar language and adding more features.