The Elders turned up in force to the event and some made their mark on a (table)cloth kindly donated by the Anglican Church Op Shop at the very last minute. Also some of the women walkers, some MNFA members and others – about 12 people in all - allowed the sole of one of their feet to be painted, then assisted by ready helpers, hopped to make their footprint on the blank white canvas, then hopped to a chair to have their foot cleaned and dried. It made a it a nice kind of a ritual activity outside the entrance to the hall bringing people together, Aboriginal and whites, visitors and locals, both as participants and spectators. It was interesting to see the blank canvas fill with feet of different colours and oh such different shapes and sizes!
A few days later I got a group of kids to fill in the gaps with their smaller footprints, thus bringing together different generations onto the canvas. They all seemed inspired by the concept and were keen to leave their mark. Local artist, John Thiering, painted an inscription on the top, the wording suggested by the Dunghutti Elders: “Walking through Dunghutti Land”.
Christa then sewed it up as a banner and took it to the women still walking south, bound for Canberra. A work involving many hands and feet, coming together in peace and reconciliation.
May this local effort symbolize effort on a global scale for peace. Nona