Meekatharra college students reconnect to tradition by way of unimaginable sneaker designs

An attention grabbing pair of sneakers sitting within the desert is the top product of a weeklong celebration of youngsters and their tradition in WA’s Mid West. 

Meekatharra District Excessive Faculty college students put their inventive abilities to the check as a part of the city’s inaugural sneaker competitors.

The undertaking was the brainchild of psychological well being clinician Nicholah Wasarirevu, who mentioned the competitors was impressed by Australian streetwear conference Sneaker Land.

“One of many issues I beloved about Sneaker Land was that it created a platform for younger creators, and creatives from various and cultural backgrounds to return collectively and simply share their expertise and join,” she mentioned.

College students acquired a pair of sneakers and labored collectively each Friday to color the sneakers whereas additionally speaking about psychological well being, tradition and identification.

Meekatharra college students reconnect to tradition by way of unimaginable sneaker designs
A scholar’s design was pictured throughout sundown at Peace Gorge close to Meekatharra. (Provided: Nicholah Wasarirevu)

Ms Wasarirevu mentioned the undertaking additionally mirrored the theme of this yr’s NAIDOC Week.

“It was impressed by the 2022 NAIDOC themes to “rise up, get up and present up” for our younger folks in Meekatharra and distant communities, and to amplify younger native artists’ voices by way of artwork,” she mentioned.

“It is crucial that we shift from Western fashions and promote and acknowledge connection to tradition, neighborhood and land.

“That was one of many highlights I used to be capable of see on this undertaking.”

The successful design

Competitors winner Joella Rodney Flanagan mentioned she wished to mirror Meekatharra in her art work.

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