TV doll for NAIDOC
Albany Menang artist Kiya Watt says she is honoured to have her artwork incorporated into the indigenous doll to be featured on Play School.
The doll will be making her debut on the legendary children’s TV program on July 8, during NAIDOC week.
And just like Ms Watt, the doll is named “Kiya”, which means hello in the Noongar language.
Kiya will be featured in Play School’s Acknowledgement of Country episode to celebrate indigenous language and culture.
She will be wearing a blue dotted dress painted by Ms Watt, whose indigenous dot paintings have been sold all over Australia and overseas.
“I named that piece Kinjarling, which means place of rain and water and it is also what us Menang people called Albany,” she said.
“The symbols and dots throughout the middle represent the strong spirit and movements of the ocean.
“The dark blue lines outlined with white dots show the waterholes where we would fish from to provide food for our families.
“The ocean, like boodjah (land), is our mother and we must honour and protect. We only fish enough to provide for our family,” she said.
Ms Watt, a mother of three, said she was over the moon about Play School’s moves to showcase indigenous culture.
“It’s so exciting for me that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children are going to look on TV and see that representation and getting that acknowledgement,” she said.
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