Mandurah Example

23 06 2011

How good is this! I dream of having something like this in a prime place in Whadjuk land.

Last week I saw this on the Mandurah foreshore. It stands in front of a casuarina tree, planted on the same occasion in 2006. This art represents the presentation of a message stick to the city (at the 2006 Stretch Festival). In exchange the city mayor presented the seedling to the Noongar Community “as a symbol of the 2 communities working together.” The tree was planted at this site by the Mayor. A Noongar inscription reads “Message Stick, Together, Peace, Growth, Future.”

This symbolically undoes the symbol of destruction on Foundation Day. Instead of invasion, it asks permission to be here. Instead of chopping down a tree, it plants one. This small monument stands in my mind as a toweringly significant marker of a new and better way to walk together into the future.

Can we do likewise in Whadjuk Sovereign lands?

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