Students collaborate with Samantha Martin to create ‘Art on a String’ for new citizens
  • Saturday 07 May 2011

More than 165 local residents will be presented with a symbolic handmade Aboriginal gift when they become official Australians at a citizenship ceremony on Friday 13 May.

This week, local, inspirational Indigenous woman Samantha Martin will work together with school-age children on the ‘Art on a String’ program to welcome our newest Australian residents here on the Coast.

Ms Martin will share important traditional stories and knowledge with the local children whilst painting and making necklaces made from local seeds and beads. The necklaces will be presented to our new citizens at the upcoming citizenship ceremony* at Lake Kawana Community Centre hosted by Sunshine Coast Council.

Ms Martin said the connection with Australia’s heritage and culture was very important for both children as well as new citizens as part of their journey into becoming an Australian.

"The necklace making is a traditional part of Aboriginal culture and each stage plays an integral part from seed collection to wearing necklaces during ceremonies," she said.

"The most important part of the necklace is the string, it symbolises the kinship of people, family and country.

"Wearing the necklace represents a connection to community as an integration of cultural values."

The ‘Art on a String’ program will run every afternoon from Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 May at the Helping Hands centre, Kawana.

*Media are welcome to attend the citizenship ceremony at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Friday 13 May at 1.30pm

Photo available on request