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Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia, 2018


The Kinship Festival is a celebration of Families Week and is led and directed by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Straight community and supporting services through meaningful participation and two way learning. The Kinship Festival celebrates culture, participation and connection to land and people.

The Water Dreaming art installation was designed by Uncle Magpie- Aboriginal Elder and Song-man from the Minyunbal Yugambeh tribe and created by the hands of many. It shares the story of a central aquifer with underground rivers coming out from it, its billabongs, springs, and where the above ground rivers start their journey through the forest out to the big river then back into the sky and back again. It shares a message that Uncle Magpie says is important to everyone "that water is life and life is water". The Kinship Festival and Imagine the Land Project collaborated with the community to engage participation in the making of the large scale sand art installation. During the festival lead up soils, ochre and sands were collected from around the Northern Rivers Caldera while hundreds of little clay bowls were made by kinder and primary school children. The artwork was completed with a closing ceremony at the end of the day.

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