Yarning Online OnCountry – Kurru Purra Pila provides a culturally safe place for sharing knowledge and skills – enabling the transference of Cultural Knowledge between Elders and extended family while producing both creative and environmental outcomes.
Aboriginal Elders and Knowledge Holders, as well as younger people, from Bourke, Brewarrina, Weilmoringle, Enngonia, Goodooga and Wilcannia are contributing to the project that will connect people, the river, the spiny sedge and weaving techniques to the Mura (Songlines) – Baiame, Water Snakes, Seven Sisters along the Baaka Barwon river systems and its tributaries – Ngarntu (Culgoa), Paroo and Warrego Rivers.
The inaugural Online OnCountry Gallery exhibition opened to coincide with NAIDOC Week 2020. The online platform is a safe place for Cultural and community connection – connection that impacted by ‘unprecedented’ circumstances that began in 2020.
It also creates a register of Aboriginal artists – a database available for professional commissions by public institutions (including murals, corporate branding and public works like signage) providing ongoing professional employment opportunities for artists.
Yarning Online-On Country focussed on Aboriginal Elders in Bourke. The project facilitated yarning between Elders, and community using Zoom. Elders talked about their memories, stories and experiences, passing on their cultural knowledge during the age of COVID-19.
Songlines of Country (SoC) is an oral history and multimedia project. It will track three signiﬁcant Songlines (Baiame, the Mundaguddah and the Seven Sisters) and their travelling routes – from the Flinders Ranges in northeast SA to the Darling River in northwest NSW, into the Corner Country and southwest QLD.
Looking Through Windows was an oral history and multimedia project that explored the removal, dispossession and ‘protection’ of Aboriginal people in NSW. Elders participated in Elders Gatherings and multimedia workshops where they shared lots stories about growing up and living on the Mission, reserves and fringe camps. Creative outcomes from this project were presented as multimedia exhibitions and performances at the New England Regional Art Museum (Armidale), Diggers on the Darling (Bourke) and 107 (Redfern, Sydney). Additional creative outcomes include a CD and exhibition catalogue.