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Experience the new Indigenous mural by artist James Doyle

NAIDOC Week 2022, held from Sunday 3 to Sunday 10 July, is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2022 at Westfield North Lakes, an Indigenous mural was commissioned by local Aboriginal artist James Doyle from Muja Mundu Creations. James is known as a Kabi Kabi descendant from Great Great Grandmother Towcha – Queen Maria of Childers who is a Kabi Kabi Apical ancestor on the Kabi Kabi / Gubbi Gubbi Native Title and Butchulla Native Title. James's daughter Tahlia joined her father on the creation of this artwork.

The Mural

Located at the centre entry near Heritage Bank, artist James Doyle accompanied by his daugter Tahlia, created a mural that represents sustainability and ongoing spiritual connection with our land, sea, plants and animals. Visit the mural to spot the dolphins, humpback whales, dugongs and sea turtles that call the beautiful Moreton Bay waters home and then set your eyes higher to spot the kangaroos, water lilys and frogs gathered by the waterholes.

The Story

By Muja Mundu Creations Artist: James Doyle - Kabi Kabi descendant

The painting depicts the story of the mullet season and how the old people had an ongoing connection with the dolphin. The old people utilised the dolphin and tamed them to help hunt the mullet and with their spears they would tap them on the water to make a percussion sound along with traditional song they would call the dolphin towards the shore.

The dolphin would push the mullet towards the shore where our people would be hunting with nets and spears. Before this would happen, the old people waited for the sea eagle to take the first fish as this was a sign that we were allowed to hunt. The sea eagle could see the schools of mullet travelling north and would wait for the strongest schools to travel through first before starting the hunt. Once the mullet was caught the old people would share their catch with the dolphin.

The Meaning

By Muja Mundu Creations Artist: James Doyle - Kabi Kabi descendant

The sun in the painting represents the start of the new day and hunting season. The circles and U shapes represent the meeting place along the coast and the U shapes and tear drop with criss-crossing lines represent fishing nets. The turtles, humpback whale and dugongs represent the ongoing connection Kabi Kabi / Gubbi Gubbi people have with the sea and the animals within it.

The swamp area with bullrushes and water lilies represents our women utilising traditional plants for food and weaving materials. The kangaroos represent a sustainable food source as we used the kangaroo for their coat to keep us warm, the meat for food and their bones for tools.

View the creation of the mural here

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