Koorie students from Ararat College led by Koorie Coordinator Tahni Skewes and Metal Work teacher Chris Reynolds have been working with Natimuk artist Dave Jones to create a large Yellow Tailed Black cockatoo for the 2020 Lake Bolac Eel Festival.
This project is of particular interest to our Indigenous students as the Eel Festival continues the ancient cultural tradition of First People gathering by Lake Bolac as they have done for thousands of years. The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo will arrive at Lake Bolac from the north, representing the people from the north, in particular from Mt Langi Ghiran, the home of the Black Tailed Cockatoo. Students from Ararat College are "people from the north" so it is most appropriate to engage with them in creating the Cockatoo.
The next stage will be working with Indigenous master weaver Bronwyn Razem to create the signature yellow tail and markings of the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo.