Norwood wingman Anthony Wilson has helped inspire his team’s Indigenous Round guernsey to be worn against the Eagles at The Parade on Friday night.
Designed in conjunction with artist Shane Cook and cultural advisor Jack Buckskin, the jumper tells a story of Aboriginal culture, focusing heavily on the Kaurna Shield and Tarnda – the Red Kangaroo.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Wilson said he was proud to help develop the design with Cook, who also produced the artwork to feature on all of the matchday footballs in Round 7 of the Macca’s League this weekend.
The Kaurna Shield is a bark shield that was used by the original people of the Adelaide Plains and is represented on the side of the 2017 Indigenous Guernsey. As footballers are often described as going to war when they run out to face their opposition, Wilson explained this was an essential aspect of the design.
“The shield is more than 150 years old, and was used in ritual combat by Kaurna man, football is a modern-day ritual combat so it was an important part of this year’s design,” Wilson said.
The Tarnda is represented at the front and back of the guernsey with the Big Kangaroo’s feet shown at the front and the tail on the back. Tarnda is also one half of the official name of Victoria Square, it was used in Kaurna language to refer to the greater area of what is now the Adelaide city region.
The bottom of the Guernsey shows Indigenous dancers. Dance is an important aspect of Indigenous culture as a form of celebration and also communicates stories of ancestral heroes. The dancers at the bottom of the Guernsey represent the connection between hand and foot in movement, be it dance, running around playing football and celebrating a goal or a win.