This project works with the Yuin community to showcase the vitality and creativity of the Yuin Aboriginal people on the NSW Far South Coast. Their creative input will be highlighted across Four Winds events, particularly the Youth Festival 2019 and the Easter and Youth Festivals 2020.
In partnership with the National Museum of Australia’s (NMA), Cultural Connections program Four Winds supports and presents community-led projects that strengthen and revitalise Yuin cultural practice and activity.
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Possum Skin Cloak Workshop
Possum Skin cloak Workshop | 13, 14 and 15 December 2019 | Windsong Pavilion
This workshop ran over 3 days with leading Aboriginal Possum Cloak teachers and makers Vicki Couzens, and Gina Bundle. The project revitalised the skill and knowledge around possum cloak making among interested Yuin community members. The workshop participants were able to share in the making of a unique cultural garment worn by our ancestors.
Gulaga’s white possum skin coat and a brown possum skin cloak were created for use in welcome ceremony at the Four Winds Festival. The cloak will be available to all Yuin people for use at their welcome events.
Schools | 17, 18, 19 and 20 February 2020
Tanja School students joined students at Tathra Public School to hear the Four Winds Aboriginal Creative Producer, Cheryl Davison share ancient stories and traditional knowledge with the children.
Cheryl spoke about Gulaga mountain, its significance to the Djiringangj and Yuin people and encouraged all young people to respect and care for her. The children were fascinated and had lots of questions and stories of their own.
“The same activities took place at Bermagui Preschool with Central Tilba Public School. Another fantastic day was had by all.”
Language through Song
Language through Song | 29 February – 2 March 2020
Lou Bennett, renown Yorta Yorta singer and songwriter (formerly of ‘Tiddas’ and ‘The Black Arm Band’) visited Narooma to host a Four Winds workshop to reinvigorate the Dhurga and Djiringanj languages through song.
An incredibly productive workshop assisted established singer songwriters to access “language” for use in their songs and supported the Four Winds Koori Choir to compose new songs for presentation at the Four Winds Easter Festival 2020.
Singing, laughter and pride in culture permeated a joyous 4 days of creativity and music making.
Cheryl Davison is a Walbunja, Ngarigo woman. As a child she spent precious time sitting next to her grandfather in his old wooden boat on the shores of Wallaga Lake on the Far South Coast of New South Wales.
Cheryl’s grandmother was a Ngarigo woman from the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales. As a young child,
Cheryl’s grandmother was stolen away from country and never had the chance to return home in her lifetime.
Growing up, Cheryl felt privileged to be around many of her Elders and the community, listening to stories of the Yuin people.
Cheryl has studied and taught visual arts, graphic arts and printmaking. It was these foundations that shaped her life and fostered the artist and storyteller that she has become, exhibiting nationally and internationally.
She also sits on the Gulaga National Park Board of Management that governs the direction of care for the Yuin people’s beloved and sacred mountain.
Cheryl is dedicated to her people, committed to healing the rifts caused by Australia’s devastating colonisation and steadfast in honouring her elders’ visions for her people and culture to be united, and strong — reasserting themselves, in a world, that is in desperate need of this ancient wisdom.