Mustering the power of turtles

April 07, 2018

Mantannah Cowan, 2, enjoys playing with the clay.

Jed Trevell, 4, constructs his turtle.

Colt Cowan, 7, starts making his turtle.

Dakoda Mills-Firebrace, 8, gets some help from Kaiela Arts facilitator and curator Eric Brown.

Tyson Stevens, 8, paints his Aboriginal experiences.

Maddison Trevell, 6, shows off her progress.

Shaniya Higgins, 9, continues her Aboriginal work with some painting.

Zayne Weis, 10, painting the Aboriginal flag.

Dakoda Mills-Firebrace, 8, makes a hand print.

The annual Kaiela Arts 1000 Turtle Muster has kicked off to a positive start for 2018 with more than 20 children booked in for a special school holiday activity launch on Thursday.

The project for all ages presented the kids, parents and teachers with a turtle-making kit including clay and instructions on how to create their very own turtle.

Kaiela Arts facilitator and curator Eric Brown said the activity was to raise awareness of the long-neck turtle, which was the local tribe’s totem.

‘‘At the end of it all, the clay turtles come together as a clay turtle muster,’’ he said.

Mr Brown said the project was also used as a bonding tool for the young ones.

‘‘The kids, they love the hands-on stuff,’’ he said.

Tahlia Weis, 11, from Echuca, was among those who attended the program.

‘‘It was fun, I liked being creative and being able to design the turtle,’’ she said.

The 1000 Turtle Muster will continue to run through appointment until the exhibition on Wednesday, July 4.

Kaiela Arts can deliver turtle-making workshops and information sessions to schools, community groups, corporate and organisations during the three months of the muster.

For more information and bookings for turtle-making workshops, phone Kaiela Arts on 58219842.

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