It’s safe to say The Pitcha Makin Fellas are having a big year.
After showing off their designs to hundreds of thousands of people over White Night in Melbourne earlier in the year they will again present their art on big stage in the AFL’s Indigenous round.
The Western Bulldogs chose their design – which combines two previous works of art – to adorn their round 10 guernsey.
Peter Shane Rotumah described their striking design.
“We’ve actually taken it from two different paintings that we’ve done,” he said.
“The fella on the front is from the one called the Great Black Pointer, and that’s a reference to an elder pointing the direction or the way for the young fellas to go.”
“The other pattern on outside, we’ve done a mock of the coat of arms, and we’ve done our own coat of arms. The coats of arms is reference about taking back the animals and all that kind of stuff.”
It will be worn on a grand stage, with the Bulldogs taking on Collingwood at the MCG in round 10.
Mr Rotumah said they were “very pleased” the club chose their design for the jumper, which will also be worn for round 11.
The Western Bulldogs’ Ballarat engagement officer Brett Goodes said The Pitcha Makin Fellas had come up with the best design from a strong field.
He said the club would make sure the playing group knew the meaning behind what they were wearing.
“(The players) will be really proud to wear it in the Indigenous round,” he said.
“And part of the week leading up, hopefully get the boys down to explain to the playing group what the jumper means.”
Mr Rotumah said their big year would continue after hundreds of thousands will see their jumper.
“We’ve got the exhibition down at the Melbourne Museum for Bunjilaka, and we’re going to have an exhbition up here in July during Naidoc Week,” he said.
“That’s going to be called Black Face Real Face...we’ve got Aboriginal people from the community and took photos of their faces (before painting them), we’ve got young fellas, elders, to come in and do it.”