Celebrating Indigenous culture through art

Kyle, John, Giselle, Jy, Kain, and Mason (front) Lambley. (Supplied)

NAIDOC Week has a deep-rooted history that dates to the significant assembly at Australia Hall in Sydney on January 26, 1938. The transformative movement began with 1000 Aboriginal individuals advocating for citizenship rights and better legislation for First Nations communities, marking a pivotal moment in civil rights activism worldwide, later known as the Day of Mourning.

In the Wyndham area, the Indigenous history is a vibrant tapestry woven with the cultural heritage of the Bunurong and Wadawurrung people, essential members of the Kulin Nation. This region intricately houses five distinctive language groups, encapsulating the profound cultural significance and connection to the land.

Renowned artist John Lambley, and his children Jy, Giselle, Kyle, Kain and Mason are proud Wadawurrung people living on Wadawurrung country. Together John, Jy and Giselle have brought the essence of Indigenous art to life with a remarkable artwork commissioned for WynActive.

The Lambley’s artwork intricately weaves together the essence of three Wyndham City Council centres, AquaPulse, Eagle Stadium, and Werribee Outdoor Pool, capturing the vibrant history and life of Wyndham.

The art piece stands as a tribute to the cultural heritage of the region, showcasing a harmonious blend of traditional elements and contemporary vision. By infusing elements of history and life into their creation, the Lambley’s artwork serves as a beacon of cultural unity and celebration.

In a gesture of respect and acknowledgment of the traditional custodians of the land, Eagle Stadium will host a special ceremony on Monday, July 8, at 10 am. The event will commence with a solemn welcome to country, recognising the traditional custodians of the land, followed by a traditional smoking ceremony to purify and cleanse the surroundings.

The collaboration between art and community is a testament to the enduring spirit of reconciliation and cultural preservation. This serves as a poignant reminder of the deep connection between art, culture, and community.

As WynActive continues to honour the Indigenous roots of Wyndham, initiatives like these stands as a testament to the commitment towards celebrating diversity and creating a more inclusive society for all.