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The Parramatta Eels are proud to unveil their 2022 Indigenous jersey designed by contemporary Indigenous artist Sean Kinchela, a proud Gamilaroi and Wiradjuri Man who tells stories passed down from his family through art.
The design is inspired by Burramattagal People, the local clan known to have settled into Parramatta. The meeting places represent some of Sydney's clan groups who interacted and used the Parramatta River as a means of living – from Darug People who made camp within Greater Western Sydney to the Toongagal People who lived within the area of Toongabbie.
Aboriginal People had a close and significant relationship with the Parramatta River for thousands of years. The Eel in the centre of the jersey represents the River which was used as a food source, cultural practice grounds and a means of transport. Aboriginal people lived off the ocean and rivers sustainably for thousands of years.
Cultural elements of the jersey design
Boomerang and Spear
These symbols represent three people - one older alongside two younger people learning how to fish. Fishing was a cultural practice and was passed down generation after generation for over 50,000 years. This was a way of life for the Darug People and other clans around Sydney.
Green and White Boomerang
This represents people, they are at the top of the boomerang overlooking our community and home with the boomerang being a symbol of strength and resilience.
The grouping of yellow and orange dots
The artist has formed these to create fishing channels and the lines in-between represent fishing lines. Aboriginals were responsible for advanced methods of fishing. Some Aboriginal fish traps have been dated back over 40,000 years.
Yellow group of dots around the light blue boomerangs and meeting places
They represent fishing channels on the river and fishing rock traps. In between the fish traps are symbols for people and camps showing that fishing was a way of life. The blue oval shaped symbols represent fish travelling along the channel and fish traps.
Sean uses cross hatching in all his paintings and design as a representation of his family ties to the story. Where the light blue color starts under the cross hatching above the Eel and below it represents the Parramatta River itself and everything within the boundaries are the stories behind the River.
This 2022 Parramatta Eels Indigenous Jersey features: