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Cultural Maintenance - Artwork

"Cultural Maintenance" by Alan Sumner. The work is an abstract, incorporating symbolic representations of Aboriginal Elders, woven baskets, springs of water, sand, trees and other elements.

‘Cultural Maintenance’ is a fusion of symbols that represent our vision for reconciliation. The artwork reflects the many values that help to build the capacity of DHS.

'Cultural Maintenance' elements

Protection

This element represents sand. The same way sand naturally protects against erosion we must also protect and maintain our cultures, languages and values.

Growth and Self-Development

This symbol represents a living tree that is being sustained by water. Like the tree, DHS provides opportunity for personal growth and self-development.

Accountability

Two journey lines represent Aboriginal Elders who are responsible for teaching our young ones, and leading them on the right path. Their approach may not be the same, but their message is consistent.

Innovation

This symbol represents a tree root growing under the ground, and winding its way around obstacles on its journey, creating new paths as it grows bigger and stronger.

Support

This symbol represents gathering sites; places where support is offered to families and communities that is culturally safe.

Collaboration

A woven pattern found in traditional basket weaving represents working together for a strong, collective solution. The strands weave together, forming a robust, functional basket.

Sustainability

This symbol represents water and fresh water springs representing the flow of life, renewal and how water sustains life in cycles spanning generations.

Inclusiveness

This symbol represents the coming together of health professionals, providing collaborative opportunities for people to learn about health issues for Aboriginal peoples.

Culture

Aboriginal identity being is our culture — it is our home and our comfort, our safe place. This symbol represents that shelter and the cultural collective of Aboriginal community groups across South Australia.

Men / women teaching families

Teaching young people and passing on First Nations knowledge.

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