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Weavery Indigenous culture journeys
June 2 @ 9:30 am - June 7 @ 3:00 pm$1950
2-7 June 2017
A special weaving adventure to Indigenous Australian country and culture, A meaningful travel experience filled with the richness and joy of intercultural connection. An unforgettable adventure.
Small groups of up to 10 participants.
Includes accommodation (shared rooms in bush bungalows at Jabiru (with a pool) or camping at Cahill’s crossing), permits and vehicle hire to get us to those almost-out-of reach places, fibre, tuition and a trip to the most amazing World Heritage listed rock art galleries in Arnhem Land. Self-catering in journey 1. Fridges available in each (shared) bungalow and trips to the local supermarket to stock up is possible, and there are local restaurants if you don’t want to cook at the camp kitchen. Journey 2 is fully catered. All EX Darwin
This will be an amazing and unique experience of connection to self, to Indigenous culture and weaving. We will travel from Darwin to our accommodation, and settle in.
A drive out to Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), past Border Store and over Cahill’s crossing into Arnhem Land, keeping our eyes out for crocodiles that bask in the shallows of the East Alligator river.
Driving to Gunbalanya from the crossing takes us through fifteen minutes of the most amazing rocky outcrops and countryside you can imagine… and at Injalak arts centre we make acquaintance with the local artists and weavers (with hugs of course!).
The workshop will take place on-site at Injalak Arts & Crafts, a non-profit community art centre owned by local Kunwinjku people, in the shade of a huge mango tree. Many master artists and craftspeople work on-site in a highly creative, relaxed environment and you will have the unique opportunity to spend time with these gifted people and their families learning and sharing.
The next four/five days will be spent in the company of the Kunwinjku weavers, learning to weave with local pandanus, sand palm and other plants. We will learn a number of dye methods by going out on harvesting trips for fibre and dye plants and have a chance to practice it first-hand! Laughing and learning together with Christine Nabobbob, senior weaver, and other local women weavers who are all experienced and generous teachers. We will spend time exploring relationships as well as the country and its dreamtime stories.
There is time for us all to go on a trip to Injalak hill with a trained local guide to see the most awesome cave paintings and ancient spots where ancestors sat and shared culture with their people. We will hear stories of cultural significance and be able to breathe the spirit of the land through our lungs, hearts and veins. Visitors travel from around the world to visit the art centre and Injalak Hill to see the ancient rock art galleries.
Your eyes will be opened with respect for the amazing culture we will have the privilege to experience.
Leave all preconceived ideas at home. It will be very, very interesting, to say the least. It might even change your life!