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Designed by Ky-ya Nicholson-Ward.
The Storm 2020 Indigenous Jersey Story
“My name Kyya Nicholson Ward.
The jersey is called Jindi Worobak, which means “Join the Unite” in Woiwurrung. It is also the language of my people, Wurundjeri people who are the traditional custodians to Narrm (Melbourne). This is my way of being an artist and acknowledging the workers, volunteers, fans, and players that all joined forces to create Melbourne Storm.
Aami Park is represented in the center circle of the jersey. White circles represent the fans or crowd who join forces to support the team. It signifies that when we all come together, we are stronger.
The Birrarung is the Yarra River, which is a significant and sacred river to my people. Woiwurrung has Birrarung meaning “river in the mists”, which refers to my people’s dreamtime/creation stories. As Aboriginal people and their culture, circles do not have a beginning nor an end. The ripple effect depicts one person teaching stories and culture to another, and that knowledge being transmitted from one generation to the next.
The wangiam or one-gim is used to represent the player’s unique abilities, such as speed, power and agility. It also emphasizes the importance having a goal and an objective in your daily life.
The lines at the jersey’s edges represent strength. These symbols are an ancient symbol and were used on the shields and weapons my ancestors used. This is significant to Victorian Aboriginal mobs. As we are a carving cultural, we don’t have dot artwork. This is because here we don’t have dessert, and that’s where dots painting originated. My people carve the landscapes that tell our peoples’ stories.
The boorimul, or emu footprints, represent the Aboriginal players and Torres Strait Islander participants who have played at Storm. Boorimul footprints are a way of honoring their unique journeys towards a positive and successful future. Boorimul footprints hold great significance because the boorimul never steps backwards. This is a symbol of the players acknowledging their pasts, but not going back.
On the back, you will see the names of past and present Aboriginal Storm and TSI players. This is done to honor them in Indigenous round.