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With a strong focus on embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into both the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum, cultural resources are more important than ever. We’ve proudly collaborated with these First Nations creators with educational resources designed to bring inclusion, inspiration and education around First Nations perspectives. Read their stories and see their stunning resources.
Leanne Watson Redpath: Storytelling through art, inspired by country and family
Known in the Aboriginal community as ‘Mulgo’ meaning Black Swan, Leanne is a proud Dharug woman who tells stories of her Country through her art. Leanne’s art features in MTA resources such as puzzles, games, dress-ups, cushions, floor mats and the award-winning Indigenous Discovery Big Books.
Luke Mallie: Traditional culture, popular culture & some tropical magic
As one of Australia's best Indigenous artists, Luke is inspired by his family, culture and tropical surroundings. These influences are seen in resources from table linens and foam-filled loungers to hand-cut wooden dominoes, stained glass rainbow serpents, sand art boomerangs and shrink film animals.
Billyara: Sharing Indigenous cultural knowledge through art
Billyara’s name comes from this award-winning artist’s totem, an eagle. Drawing inspiration from the landscape and practices of Indigenous peoples, he likes to incorporate an educational theme in his art. Printed onto cushions, mats or puzzles, it’s both a visual teaching tool and functioning piece of decor.
Riley Callie: Turning passion for Indigenous perspectives into beautiful resources
As a mum and proud Dunghutti woman, Debbie Hoger of Riley Callie Resources wants to help create an educational environment where children can celebrate First Nations cultures. Riley Callie’s range includes educational flash cards that include Aboriginal Topic Cards, Bush Food Snap and Aboriginal Tools Memory Cards.
John Smith Gumbula: From ancient spiritual symbols to mixed medium contemporary art
A force of nature, multi-award winning artist John Smith Gumbula has been passionately involved in the arts, creative expression and cultural activities of his people for three decades. Using rich earthy tones and vibrant colours, Gumbula’s art portrays spiritually significant symbols, motifs and images of flora and fauna.
Bayadherra: Promoting cultural awareness and education through art
With a mission to promote reconciliation, cultural awareness and understanding by reflecting their First Nations heritage in authentic contemporary art pieces, emerging artist group Bayadherra is 100% Aboriginal-owned and operated. Bayadherra is founded by proud Yorta Yorta brother and sister Luke and Siena Tieri.
Charlie Wicking: art inspired by the natural environment, from the rainforest to the sea.
Born in Queensland, Charlie Wicking is an amazing artist who has been painting for 25 years and also works in early childhood education, so knows the power of inspiration through art. Charlie is inspired by her natural environment reflected in her art with her colourful, vibrant style.
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MTA is proud to work with these First Nations creators:
Leanne Watson Redpath, Dharug Country Luke Mallie, Kuku Yalanji Country and Kubin (Moa) in the Torres Strait Islands Billyara, Wiradjuri Country in Cowra NSW Debbie Hoger, a proud Dunghutti woman, living on Gubbi Gubbi Country John Smith Gumbula, a proud descendant of the Wakka Wakka and Goreng Goreng people Luke and Siena Tieri, Bayadherra, Yorta Yorta Country Sherren Gross, Minjerribah in Quandamooka Country Brett Groves, a Wiradjuri born man, living on Dharug and Gundungurra land Charlie Wicking, from Yuibera, Barada Barna and Widi Country, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu