Norr Kauco (Reef Lei) by Nancy Naawi

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Norr Kauco (Reef Lei) by Nancy Naawi

800.00

Nancy Naawi b.1958

65 x 65 x 10cm

Ghost nets, rope, twine, cast resin and found shells

© of the artwork remains with the artist, Erub Arts, Erub Erwer Meta Torres Strait Islander Corporation

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As people are greeted or come together as a family for celebration, Kauco, or Leis made from frangipani flowers are put over peoples heads. This act welcomes and brings people together, the person receiving the Kauco feels welcome and part of the family group. It re-establishes connections or creates new ones. The Kauco is then admired and talked about. The Norr (reef) is very important to us as a family, we gather on the reef, fish, picnic and play. In bipotime (before time) we depended on the reef for our daily food, collecting small fish and shell fish from the traps and shells from around the rocks, coral and sandy areas. By making Norr Kauco, we are demonstrating it's importance as part of our family.

Copyright for the text and image remains the artist and Erub Arts, reproduced with kind permission.