June 15, 2021

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Indigenous Round jersey unveiled

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The Adelaide 36’ers are proud to unveil their indigenous jersey for their indigenous game against Perth Wildcats on Saturday 23rd of May.

The design is by local indigenous artist Shane Mankitya Cook, a proud Wulli Wulli and Guiwa (Koa) descendant from Queensland who has been adopted by ands named Mankitya “The scarred one” by the local Aboriginal Kauna community in Adelaide and more mentored by Jack Buckskin of Kuma Kaaru.

Shane’s design for Adelaide 36’ers takes inspiration from the team’s value of belonging and ensures that all basketball fans feel accepted.

“The design of different sizes and different shapes represent the different communities around Australia,” Shane said.

“The lines connecting represent when a team would travel from one state to the other to play against another community, while also paying respect to the traditional owners and their country which the games are played on,” he continued.

The nationally recognized contemporary artist has previously designed an Indigenous Round football jersey for the AFL and SANFL teams. As well as this, he has painted over 50 players’ boots for the AFL Sir Douglas Nicholls Round and created artwork for one of Anthony Mundine’s last boxing fight kits.

Adelaide 36’ers Keanu Pinder, who is only one of three indigenous players in the NBL, was born and raised in Derby, Western Australia, among the Nyigina people of the West Kimberly region. He will be wearing the special jersey at the game alongside his teammates to recognize the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as the original custodians of the Australian land.

Shane Kooka designing the Adelaide 36ers jersey for the Indigenous Round.

The indigenous Round also celebrates the contribution and influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the history of Australian basketball.

Indigenous Round jerseys will be on sale to the public from Tuesday, 18 May with all proceeds going to the development of the league’s new indigenous pathway programs.

The Adelaide 36’ers are hosting their Indigenous Round game on Round 19, Sunday, May. All other clubs (excluding Brisbane) will host their Indigenous Round for their home games during Round 23 which also coincides with National Reconciliation Week, and will carry the same theme of ‘More than a Word.’


Indigenous artist Shane Kooka with one of his indigenous designs.

From a young age, Shane began learning painting from his mother, his interests then developed further into graffiti culture, street art, and tattooing as he got older. These movements are hugely prominent in Shane’s works of art know no material boundaries from working on canvas, participating in street art festivals, artist exchanges internationally, and creating large-scale murals. Shane is also an advocate for personal growth, practicing culture through art and dance, and played a key role in facilitating workshops in schools, the youth justice system, and community-based events throughout the country.