Celebrate not misappropriate
The jewellery that I make using Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal symbols are only available to them. If you are not an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander I cannot supply them to you either for sale or as a prize. For those not eligible that have entered any giveaway that involves one of these pieces I offer an alternate prize.
I wrote this post on Facebook sometime ago about a giveaway I did for NAIDOC week 2017. For that giveaway the alternate prize was a South Sea pearl and diamond pendant. I mention only Torres Strait/Zenadth Kes pieces in the post but the same applies to Aboriginal pieces.
One final condition for any of my jewellery either for sale or as a prize is that they are only available to people living in Australia.
Thank you for your understanding.
Jeffrey Aniba-Waia is a Knowledge Custodian and Choreographer of his clan group of Saibai Island. In a video about Saibai dance he briefly spoke of the connection between language, totem and identity for the people of Zenadth Kes: