A picture is worth a thousand words

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is among the oldest continuing art traditions in the world. Storytelling is at the heart of artistic practices, where messages and knowledge are conveyed through narratives that are spoken, performed as dances or songs, and painted.

Community members and artists around Queensland recently came together to create a piece of art that tells an important narrative.

The early years artwork’s title, Ngana Waguna Woori Mumba, is in the Alice River language of the Iningai country, which is the birthplace of artist Suzanne Thompson, and translates to: We grow our children together.

The piece represents the early learning journey of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and expresses the important roles of knowledge, connection and culture in the early years.

Suzanne said she was honoured to be able to work with parents and Elders to create a piece of art that reflected how children could grow, learn and thrive with their community.

Published — 27 March 2018 Last updated — 27 March 2018