ABORIGINAL WAY NEWS

Aerosol and Tattoo Artist: Shane Mankitya Cook

Shane Mankitya Cook is a Wulli Wulli and Guwa descendant from Queensland. He was adopted by the Kaurna community in Adelaide and given the name Mankitya, which translates to “the scarred one”. Over a coffee, near his studio at Black Diamond Tattoo, we talk about his life as an Aboriginal … Read More

Mali Isabel is making her art empire

Meet Mali Isabel, an Arabana and Kokatha artist making a name for herself on Kaurna land. The 21-year old was a successful applicant of a year-long residency at Carclew – an organsation cultivating artists early in their career.   Mali dabbles in ceramics and photography, but acrylic on canvas is her medium of choice using every colour of the rainbow. “I … Read More

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition

It’s South Australia’s turn to see the Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition which has been showcased at art galleries across the country since 2019. Eddie Mabo spent a decade seeking recognition of his people’s ownership of Mer Island in the Torres Strait, and on 3 June 1992 the High Court … Read More

Gina Rings: Directing the first Aboriginal dance work for babies

Gina Rings is an award winning choreographer and dancer with over 30 years’ experience in the arts. Hailing from the west coast of South Australia, Gin Rings is a Kokatha woman who knew she wanted to be on stage before she was out of nappies. Speaking of nappies, she is … Read More

Tika Tirka (Stay & Learn): Indigenous student accommodation

Tika Tirka means to stay and learn in Kaurna language, and that’s exactly what Indigenous students from regional communities are able to do when they move into the student accommodation. Based in Adelaide’s CBD, Tika Tirka provides students aged 18 to 26 with an affordable, safe and culturally appropriate home … Read More