2017 AFL Indigenous Round
The AFL’s annual round recognising and celebrating indigenous players and culture is named in honour of Sir Doug Nicholls.
Sir Doug, who epitomised the spirit of reconciliation, played 54 games for Fitzroy and was a brilliant all-round athlete. The first Aboriginal person to be knighted, he also served as Governor of South Australia and was devoted to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Richmond’s Dreamtime guernsey
This year’s AFL Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round coincides with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. Richmond’s Dreamtime guernsey pays tribute to this, with No. 67 displayed on the back.
This year’s guernsey, which will be worn when the Tigers play Essendon in the annual Dreamtime at the ‘G match, was designed by Aboriginal artist Josh Muir.
The design was inspired by Richmond pair Daniel Rioli and Nathan Drummond and captures the story of peace, love and unity.
“Rioli being from the Tiwi Islands, and Drummond being from Yorta Yorta, I decided to fuse both traditional patterns into one,” Muir said.
“(It incorporates) Bunjil the creator and the old people, using the traditional colours of Richmond designed around the sash.
“Bunjil is seen as a creator traditionally, and the old men are our elders, which is a really important part of our culture, paying respect to our elders.
“They fuse together to acknowledge the creator – past and present and the emerging of Aboriginal culture.”
Muir, 25, is a contemporary artist and Yorta Yorta man.
“I refer to myself as a 21st century digital Aboriginal,” he said.
“Traditionally Aboriginal people capture what’s in their environment and tell stories of what’s around them.”
All proceeds from the sale of Richmond’s Dreamtime-related items go to the Korin Gamadji Institute and the Richmond Football Club’s Indigenous programs.