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.
“DEADLY Everyone has done such great work to create powerful stories and messages for people to carry in their hearts and mind forever. The messages, creativity and talent by all involved in this project is awesome and inspiring! Thank you for the great gift to society. All of you have opened the door of success and opportunity to go further and achieve even more success, so always believe in yourselves positively and keep your dreams and ambitions alive. Would love to see more of this again in the future and on social media. All the best from peoples of Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri mob”
Marg December 16th 2022
“…I had goosebumps!!! The talent, expression, movement, stories and videography was just so captivating and breath taking! I
feel so honoured to have been part of this creation. Thankyou so much for sharing and please keep dancing to express your voices!!”
Peta’Lee Mumford – December 14th 2022
“Thank you so much for the privilege of witnessing your incredible stories and creative voices. So powerful and moving, and cannot believe you put it all together in just two weeks! You are capable of all that you dream of. Keep going, believe yourselves and remember the support of your loved ones and all of us who’ve connected with your stories. Thank you again so very much and look after yourselves! Excited for what’s ahead of you in your future and all the impact you will have through your lives!!!”
Angela – December 14th 2022
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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