Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation - VACCHO
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation - VACCHO
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation - VACCHO
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation - VACCHO

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation - VACCHO


‘Dunguludja Malka - Strong Shield'

 

Dunguludga Malka represents the strength of culture, the backbone of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is a force to be reckoned with, the absolute resistance to loss of identity and who we are as a people. The shield is sectioned into smaller partitions, each equally important and significant to our culture.


The centre circle represents our Ancestors and Elders, the knowledge holders and lore men and women who have instilled and passed on our sacred song-lines, our art and stories and traditional knowledge. They are connected in unbroken circles signifying our ongoing resilience and strength.


Around the circle are five portions representing our connection to culture, they signify the spiritual link we share with the land, our sacred waterways, the valleys and mountains, the stories in the stars – and lastly – our spirit. The gum leaves symbolise cleansing and healing, new beginnings, the spiritual strength that comes from connecting to all that makes us who we are.


The upper and lower portions of the shield stand for the ‘before and after’ of time, what was and what will be. The early dawn sky represents change, a new beginning. We draw from the strength of our Community connecting us throughout our lives to the essence of our culture. Respect. Resilience. Strength.

Simone Thomson

* Story and intellectual property remain the property of the artist


Want to know more about our prints?

Our paper Fine Art Prints are meticulously printed to order through Upstream Colour in Northcote, Melbourne. Your print will arrive in acid-free sleeves safeguarded in protective tubes or envelopes.

Please allow ten to fourteen business days from the time of ordering to receiving your print within Australia. Please allow four weeks for international postage. You will receive an email and tracking number when your print has been despatched. 

Need care and delivery info on our original pieces?

Our original pieces are part of our spirit. They are are created with pieces of ourselves and our sacred cultural knowledge. We take the transporting of such special creations very seriously, therefore all originals are firstly wrapped in layers of foam wrapping before several layers of bubble wrap. The pieces are then fitted into customised cardboard boxes and labelled with fragile stickers. They are then placed into the hands of the experts and transported to their new home. 

Got a question about returns or refunds?

We take quality control very seriously and ensure all products are in the best condition before sending off to their new home. We therefore ask that you choose carefully before checkout as we do not issue return items or refunds. 

Considering a commission?

Please fill in the contact form with a little information about what you're wanting, and I will get back to you to discuss. 

Interested in a workshop or presentation? 

I conduct workshops and cultural presentations within metro Melbourne. If you are interested in having me speak or present outside of Melbourne give me an email, I'm happy to discuss. 

Workshops can run anywhere from 1 to 4 hours, prices are according.