Meaning of gugaa symbol on Parkes Hospital doors

Filed : ABORIGINAL ARTS, ARTS & HEALTH, In Hospitals, Lachlan Health Service Culture & Arts Program, PAST PROJECTS .

The meaning of the gugaa goanna symbol on the entry doors as explained by ngangaanha, Robert Clegg, designer and Wiradjuri Elder.

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The gugaa is the symbol that connects all Wiradjuri peoples. All Wiradjuri people recognise the gugaa. It is the symbol that connects ALL people, past and present, of Wiradjuri land.

When a person enters, the doors open and the gugaa divides. This shows that there may be an illness and healing may be needed.

When the doors close behind the person, the gugaa comes back together, and shows that the healing process has begun.

The gugaa is surrounded by a healing ring.

The tracks and footprints around the gugaa show the way to where the healing process will take place.

The circle symbols in front of the gugaa are the specialist areas of the hospital which assist with the healing.

The symbols inside the healing ring around the gugaa are the clan groups, community groups, families and carers coming together to bring good thoughts to those being healed, or to be healed themselves.

The star is vital, giving refreshing life and energy to the healing process.

Robert Clegg
Designer and Wiradjuri Elder

Local Aboriginal Elder and artist, Robert Clegg designed a Wiradjuri “gugaa” for the front entrance of the new Parkes Hospital.

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