Cultural Exchange

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Cultural Exchange and immersion

Karrimarnbun Kunngobarn – WEAVING TOGETHER

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Christine Nabobbob, Priscilla Badari and Sylvia Badari are Indigenous weavers from Gunbalanya community in remote northern Australia. They share cultural knowledge, connection and basketry skills with the wider Australian community, facilitated by René Bahloo of Weavery. These unique experiences of cultural exchange and connection occur on the Sunshine Coast, in Gunbalanya community and surrounds, and in other communities we are invited to share with. (Does your community want us to come to you?)

Christine (Ngalbarndidj) Nabobbob, a renowned weaver from Gunbalanya community in the Northern Territory, is a respected artist, elder and a very colourful character. She weaves at Injalak Arts and Cultural Centre in Gunbalanya, Arnhem Land, and acts as a guide and weaving leader on Weavery’s  weaving and culture journeys to Gunbalanya. Priscilla and Sylvia Badari, close family members of Christine, are also expert basketmakers. Both Priscilla and Sylvia are also printmakers and designers at Injalak Arts centre.

Weaving knowledge has been passed down, from mothers and grandmothers, in a system of knowledge transference that has been practiced since ancient times. As children, the women sat with their matriarchs and absorbed, learning by immersion about weaving, plant medicine, cultural knowledge, dreamtime stories, language and lore. The elders recognise the value of sharing this traditional knowledge, a precious resource, with the wider world before its loss becomes a pervading reality.

A prominent weaving facilitator in her own right, René takes participants on weaving journeys to Priscilla and Christine’s home in remote northern Australia, in order to grow cultural awareness of traditional Indigenous culture, and partake in the traditional practice of weaving, on country. 

This team of weavers are looking to expand relationships between the Sunshine coast community and Arnhem Land (and Africa, in the future) through the mutual love of weaving baskets from natural fibres. These experiences are a journey of discovery not only into Indigenous culture and fibre practice, but a deep journey into the living philosophy of weaving.

René and Christine regard each other as sisters in traditional way, René is ‘data’ (little sister) to Christine’s ‘yabok’ (big sister). Priscilla is their ‘beluk’ (aunty). This relationship is the basis for an ever-deepening connection, and the weavers are determined to manifest opportunities that benefit both communities they inhabit, by creating, maintaining and expanding relationships of benefit with others who feel drawn to the practices of basket weaving and intercultural learning.

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or call Rene Bahloo at (0438)162552

PLEASE NOTE THAT SPECIAL PANDANUS FIBRE FROM ARNHEM LAND WILL BE FOR SALE ON THE DAY AS AN OPTIONAL EXTRA, LOCAL FIBRES ARE INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP PRICE.

Workshops are subject to minimum numbers.

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