Art by Aboriginal Children of the 'Stolen Generation' Returns to Australia

Art by Aboriginal Children of the 'Stolen Generation' Returns to Australia

By: 
Sara Shahriari
5/15/13

More than 100 works of art created by Aboriginal Australian children between 1945 and 1951 will soon return to Australia, according to Colgate University.

Between 1910 and 1970, tens of thousands of Aboriginal children were taken from their families and placed in schools or with foster families as part of a national project to assimilate Aboriginal people into white Australian culture. The young Noongar Aboriginal artists who created these paintings and drawings lived at the Carrolup Native School and Settlement in Western Australia. Their brilliantly colored images depict the Noongar people, landscapes and animals of the region.

“The work has so much meaning in country that it deserves to be within the hearts, souls, and eyes of the people,” said Colgate Professor Ellen Percy Kraly, according to the University.

The experiences of children from the "Stolen Generations" are the subject of the movie Rabbit Proof Fence, and the documentaries Stolen Generations and Lousy Little Sixpence

Visit the Colgate University Flickr feed to browse a gallery of 107 of the works by Aboriginal children.

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