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Cheryl Davison weaving a basket

Bulwal Buraadja (Strong Tomorrow)

This Four Winds 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.

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.

For more information contact Four Winds Phone: 02 6493 3366 or call Cheryl Davison (Aboriginal Creative Producer) 0484 045 715 or Lara Crew (Producer Create and Inspire Program) or Email: cheryl@fourwinds.com.au; lara@fourwinds.com.au

Click here for more information about Cheryl Davison, Four Winds Aboriginal Creative Producer.

Projects

Djinama Yilaga Choir
– a Koori Choir: Revitalising Language through Song.
– Ganbi
– Djinama Yilaga Choir
Star Lantern Making
Possum Skin Cloak Workshop
Schools Creative

Djinama Yilaga Choir


Members of Djinama Yilaga gift the song Ganbi to Indigenous children at Bermagui Primary School.

Read more about the Djinama Yilaga choir.

Ganbi
Please listen to the introduction of the song ‘Ganbi’ by the Djinama Yilaga choir. The full song will be made public when the children at Bermagui Primary School have had the opportunity to learn it and share it with the broader public. Source National Museum Australia

Djinama Yilaga Choir – Ganbi

A very special event has taken place in Bermagui Primary School. The gift of a new song Ganbi has been made from Four Winds Koori Choir ‘Djinama Yilaga’ to the Indigenous children at the school.

Ganbi was written by members of ‘Djinama Yilaga’ during a residency led by acclaimed Indigenous singer-songwriter Lou Bennet. The Choir joined Lou for a creative weekend in Narooma just after the summer bush-fires, and before restrictions around Covid would have prevented this song being created collaboratively.

The song calls to all our family in nature; country, trees, birds and animals to be vigilant and look out for approaching fire.

Lou and the Choir worked with linguist Trish Ellis to identify language for the song from a newly developed Dhurga dictionary. The process resulted in a song which is a direct response to the bush-fires. It also brought great joy to members of the Choir as they reconnected with their language. Like all good songwriters they hope the song will move audiences because of the significance of how, when and why it was created.

The song has been gifted by members of ‘Djinama Yilaga’ to Indigenous children in Bermagui Primary School so that they can learn and perform the song at the forthcoming Four Winds Youth Music Festival in November. Once the Indigenous children have learned it, they will gift Ganbi to the whole school so that everyone can learn and sing the song together.

Lou Bennett

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.


Listen to: Reviving Indigenous language through song
Source: abc.net.au

Djinama Yilaga Choir

We are bringing together the local Aboriginal people to form a choir to showcase Koori culture through music.

Star Lantern Making

Would you like to make a Star Lantern?

Our Four Winds Aboriginal Creative Producer, Cheryl Davison is creating a show called “Bagan Barra Barra Mirriwarr” meaning Land, Sea and Sky.

Star lanterns are part of the show and we need your help to make these beautiful lanterns. Star lanterns will bring to life Yuin creation stories.

If you would like the specially made kit to put together a lantern or two, please email contact@fourwinds.com.au Then just follow Cheryl’s instruction in the video to make your own amazing lantern and let your star be part of the “Bagan Barra Barra Mirriwarr” show.

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 Creative

Tanja and Tathra Public School students

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.”

Cheryl Davison

Cheryl Davison

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.