These days, passing on a message is as simple as sending a DM or making a call, – however, this of course wasn’t the case for the First Nation’s Ancestors.
In their traditional culture, the Ancestors could communicate across the vastness of this Country, without a smartphone or modern technology. There is significant importance of the message stick in First Nation’s culture.
Crafted by local wood, and easy to carry – were carved, incised, and painted with symbols to convey messages and information. They were used to share information across all the different nations, mobs, dialects, and language groups.
Phunktional’s Message Stick Background:
Phunktional has been working closely with the young people in Reiby (Dharug country) and Frank Baxter (Darkiinjung country) Youth Justice Centre. The project has seen the young people create and choreograph 11 different and unique dance pieces with seven professional dancers.
Each centre was presented with a traditional message stick for the young people to add their symbols, artwork and stories which would be then presented by local Elder to the Centre’s for keepsake as a reminder of the positive and cultural journey they have embarked on throughout the Beyond the Walls project.
Digital Message Stick:
Phunktional has put a modern twist and addition on passing on delivering messages for the purpose of the Beyond the Walls production. Welcome to our digital message stick platform.
Here we have the digital messages from community members, cast, family, and audience members who attended the 2022 Beyond the Walls production show.
A wonderful platform to share memories, reactions, responses, reviews and positive messages to the young people about their creative and cultural stories developed and created with Phunktional, the young people in Reiby and Frank Baxter Youth Justice Centre and supported by NSW Government.
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