The new cups feature artwork by artist Keith Brown. Keith is a Ngarabal man from northern New South Wales. Keith first started painting over 20 years ago, he learned to paint from his brother and he has also studied aboriginal art.
In Aboriginal culture, the land was created and given life through the journeys of the ‘Spirit Ancestors’ during the period called the ‘Dreamtime’ or ‘Dreaming’. The ‘Spirit Ancestors’ are symbolised by animals which are the sacred totem animal of a tribal group. Each clan family belonging to the group is responsible for the protection and care of their sacred totem animal. The artworks featured in Huhtamaki’s new range of cups illustrate the tribe area and their sacred totem animals.
Each dotted circle represents a clan, all of these clans are connected by tracks (dotted lines). The Goanna is the sacred totem animal of the tribe and it is protected from being hunted within this area. If the Goanna travels beyond these tracks then he can be hunted.
The three circles around the artwork represent seaside tribes that run along the ocean, the dotted lines are the tracks from one tribe to the next. The Dolphin illustrated in the centre of the artwork is their sacred totem animal. The Indigenous people of these clans will never hunt the dolphins, they will swim and co-exist with them.