Meerreeng-An - Here is my Country, The Story of Aboriginal Victoria Told Through Art, front cover (detail)

MEERREENG-AN – HERE IS MY COUNTRY

THE STORY OF ABORIGINAL VICTORIA TOLD THROUGH ART

 

Meerreeng-an is a Koorie Heritage Trust publication. Featuring over 340 artworks and objects from our Collection, the publication portrays the richness and diversity of Victorian Aboriginal culture from the early 19th century to the present day.

In Meerreeng-an, artists describe their own artworks, and the stories and quotes from Elders and other community members provide cultural and historical context to our collection, telling of the importance of Country, of life before European arrival, of invasion and dramatic change, of dislocation and missions, and of the survival and strength of the living culture.

Using words and phrases from Victorian Aboriginal languages, Meerreeng-an demonstrates the continuation of Koorie culture.

Meerreeng-An is available for sale in limited numbers from our shop KOORIE, level 1, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne.

LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD

THE JOURNEY OF THE STOLEN GENERATIONS OF VICTORIA

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Developed in 2009 by the Koorie Heritage Trust, with assistance from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and Rightside Response, this online resource uses historic images, letters, articles, artworks and recorded oral histories to educate people about the plight of the people of the Stolen Generations.

Continuing for over 100 years, multitudes of Koorie children; South Eastern Indigenous Australians, were separated from their families by State authorities, churches and individuals in an atmosphere of cultural misunderstanding, fear and greed. Learn about their journeys via this detailed online resource.

ABORIGINAL LIFE IN GIPPSLAND – A SENIORS PERSPECTIVE

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This film presents the perspective of 16 Aboriginal Elders and Seniors living across the Gippsland area talking about their history, community attitudes to racism, the health system, young people in the area and more. Each of the individual unedited interviews can be found in the Koorie Heritage Trust Oral History Collection. The film was produced by the Koorie Heritage Trust, in partnership with NADAC (Network Aboriginal Disability and Aged Care Agencies), supported by the Department of Human Services for the Victorian Seniors Festival 2016. Filmed by Kaawirn Kuunawarn Hissing Swan Arts, production team: Robbie Bundle, Lisa Forbes, Tim Church & Peter Worland.