Creating art was a popular activity during SA’s COVID-19 lockdown, especially for many of the children and young people living in residential care.
We talked to several of the children and young people about how life has been for them during COVID-19. Many told us they used drawing, telling stories and other creative forms to express their thoughts and feelings during this unprecedented time.
An 11-year-old Aboriginal young person living in an Aboriginal Family Support Services (AFSS) residential care facility was keen to share their dreamtime story with us, along with their artwork, that they created during the peak of the restrictions. It is a privilege we can share this with you.
The deadly dreamtime story
One day there was a mob and they got stuck on a land, because of the white people. While they were on the land they hunted in the afternoon so they could get back in time to produce the food for their family. Their favourite things to do were hunting and looking for different kinds of rocks. They liked hunting for animals to shred the animal skin and use it as clothing. They loved making boomerangs, spears, drums and didgeridoos.
If Aboriginal people get in trouble they get punished. If you’re a human and you get in trouble you can get turned into an animal and if you get in trouble when you’re an animal you turn into an object.
Aboriginal people have strict rules and commands to follow. If they disobey these commands and rules harsh punishments will occur.
They love planting things like seeds, nuts, roots and tubers.
Do you have a child or young person in your care who would like to share their artwork with us? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.