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Taungurung people, Victoria (Australia)

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[Taungurung people, Victoria] image located by Dave Fowler, 3 October 2020

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The Taungurung people in Victoria have a newly-designed flag:
Dave Fowler, 3 October 2020

A new flag for the Taungurung people - part of the Kulin Nation in Victoria’s south - has been designed by Traditional Owner Loraine Padgham, following ongoing debate over the copyright of the Aboriginal flag. The design won a competition organised by the Taungurung Land and Waters Council (TLaWC), who invited Taungurung artists to create a flag representing their people and country.

Announcing Loraine Padgham as the successful artist in a statement on Friday, TLaWC wrote that it "comes at a pivotal moment following speculation that there is a risk in the Aboriginal flag becoming invisible due to legal battles over the use of the iconic image."

"Having your own flag for your own Indigenous nation is becoming the norm across the world instilling cultural pride in our identity," TLaWC Chair Grant Hansen said. "The flag brings together all people within the central Victorian highlands and the Taungurung clans. It is an exciting concept to be embraced by all."

The new design - which beat 35 designs in a vote by TLaWC members - represents the Constellation of Pleiades (The Seven Sisters) resting on an ochre-coloured background, with a yellow curved line representing 'the ascent of the Taungurung people'.

In a statement Ms Padgham said her design was meant to be an inclusive representation of Taungurung people. "Over the past decades, the Taungurung people have reclaimed their identity and rightful place in the history of Victoria," she said. "I hope [the flag] will grow to symbolise the difficulties experienced by past generations and the opportunities that arise for the future generations."

Here are links to official TLaWC website and Facebook page:
Vanja Poposki, 11 November 2020


[Taungurung people, Victoria]image located by Vanja Poposki, 11 November 2020