Collingwood’s 2021 Indigenous dress features two soaring Magpies in a design created by proud Yorta Yorta and Gunnai man, Dixon Patten.
The design shows both magpies flying onwards and upwards, with outstretched wings, reaching new heights and possibilities.
Magpies are nurturers who guide their young, playing a role similar to that of teachers, elders or respected persons. This guiding role is important to Aboriginal communities and families who learn, listen and adhere to the teachings of their old people. Cultural practices teach values, and are learnt through connecting to stories, song, land, people and community and it guides everything that the community does.
The background pattern of the design features gum leaves which represent cultural and personal growth. They meander like a river formation, signifying pathways and life's journey. Gum leaves are significant to the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri of the Kulin Nation, whose land Collingwood is a part of. The leaves are used in 'Welcome to Country' ceremonies and are extended to guests as a gesture of 'Welcome'.
Patten is also the artist behind the logo for the Barrawarn Program, the key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community program run by the Collingwood Football Club Foundation. His designs were featured on the 2014 and 2015 Collingwood Indigenous Round guernseys.