The 2020 design highlights the Yorta Yorta culture, was designed by Ross Morgan Senior and his sons.
Collingwood has unveiled its 2020 Indigenous dress for the Suncorp Super Netball Indigenous Round.
This year’s dress, which highlights the Yorta Yorta culture, was designed by Ross Morgan Senior and his sons.
The story behind the design comes from the the Cummeragunja Walk Off, which was a protest by Aboriginal people at Cummeragunja Station. It is remembered as an act of strength and resilience.
See below for a biography of the dress by Morgan Senior.
YORTA YORTA -- Artists
Ross Morgan Jnr, Wayne Morgan and Ross Morgon Snr
All well-known Aboriginal artists who grew up on their traditional country in The Shepparton, Mooroopna area. They have been involved in their cultural storytelling, music and art for the last 30 years. Hand prints of Emilio Hudson don the back of the dress.
Traditionally their ancestors, parents, grand parents and great grandparents where a part of The Maloga Mission and at a later time moved to the Cummeragunja Mission NSW, both near Barmah Town and 42 kilometres from Echuca & Moama.
There is a very strong Cultural connection to country for all Morgan Family members as well as the other 15 Family groups that make up Yorta Yorta Nations.
The paintings story comes from one very special event which we believe to be the first Aboriginal protest against unfair and inhuman treatment to our people by the then mission manager.
The Cummeragunja Walk-off is remembered as well as the journey, strength and resilience of our ancestors and now Elders.
Their SPIRIT will always be the strength in all our further endeavours moving forward.
Ross Morgan Senior.
2020 Super Netball Indigenous Round
Suncorp Super Netball Indigenous Round pays tribute to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, their contribution to Netball in Australia and the Aboriginal players past and present who have inspired generations of Australians. The league's 2020 Indigenous Round theme is "A Women's Ceremony - a gathering of many journeys at the same destination", which is relevant more than ever with all eight teams moving to Queensland to play out the 2020 season.
It is also an opportunity to celebrate Collingwood’s ‘Stretch’ Reconciliation Action Plan and the work the club has been doing for many years with the Aboriginal community.
Free the Flag
Collingwood believes the Aboriginal flag should continue to play an unifying role with people and communities right across Australia. As such, the club supports the Free the Flag campaign. The Aboriginal flag is a national symbol and a central part of First People's national identity. The Aboriginal Flag was proclaimed as a National Flag of Australia in 1995 and should be free of licensing restrictions that currently limit its use. For more information on Free the Flag click on the following link: clothingthegap.com.au.
The squad will wear Free the Flag t-shirts pre-match, during the warm-up, on Wednesday night.