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Tram artwork for National Reconciliation Week

CONNECT - Message from the Chief Executive

26 May 2017

The Kardi Munaintya — Emu Dreaming — wrap aims to recognise the special place and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Australians, in a joint initiative of the South Australian Government and SA National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week.

The Kardi Munaintya tram wrap was initiated in 2010 as a living work of art, symbolising the importance of Aboriginal art and culture in a contemporary setting.

Designed by DPTI employee, Aboriginal landscape architect and visual artist Paul Herzich, the Kardi Munaintya tram recognises the diversity of Aboriginal cultures in South Australia by acknowledging many different Aboriginal Nations across the state.

It celebrates the living culture of the Kaurna people, kardi (emu) footprints are shown meandering across the Kaurna/Adelaide landscape, with the kardi being a significant ancestral being of the Kaurna people.

National Reconciliation Week recognises both the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, while NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the valuable contributions they continue to make to this country.

DPTI recognises Aboriginal ownership and connection to land and culture which is promoted through our infrastructure and communication channels.

The tram wrap will be in operation from Sunday 21 May 2017 for a 12-week period coinciding with both National Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks in 2017.

For further information about National Reconciliation Week please visit: and NAIDOC week go to:

Photo of Adelaide Metro tram, wrapped to celebrate National Reconciliation and NAIDOC weeks