Koorie Heritage Trust are pleased to present the first of a series of special edition Wayapawarr Yarning Circles with two amazing First Nations artists from different parts of the country showcasing the diversity of Indigenous weaving. Gunditjmara artist & master weaver Bronwyn Razem (Victoria) and Kuku Yalanji artist Merindi Schrieber (Far North Queensland) will share their art, stories and song with each other and an audience. The audience will benefit from being part of this exchange through observation and listening. They will have an opportunity to ask Aunty Bronwyn and Merindi questions and can get involved with the Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee project by signing up for a workshop on how to weave a ‘meeting place’, and contribute to the giant ‘Tapestry of Connection’.
Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee (Gunditjmara language) means ‘We All Come Together in a Meeting’ and is a Victorian COVID-19 Arts Response initiative by master weaver Aunty Bronwyn Razem (Gunditjmara), Janet Bromley (Yorta Yorta), Linda (Ramingining), Lorraine Brigdale (Yorta Yorta) and Vicki Couzens (Keerray Woorroong Gunditjmara). Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee responds to the challenging and changing times we find ourselves in. Since the start of lockdown in July, the project has been running dozens of Weaving Circles, bringing together people beyond the physical from their individual places of isolation, and giving hope and joy. Koorie Heritage Trust is proud to partner in this special edition.
AUNTY BRONWYN RAZEM, a Gunditjmara woman of the Kirrae Whurrong clan of western Warrnambool, comes from a long lineage of traditional weavers. She regularly conducts basket weaving workshops with Victorian Indigenous communities in order to facilitate the revival of cultural traditions. The workshops make an important contribution to reconnecting Aboriginal people with their culture and strengthening their identities, as well as showcasing cultural values to the general public and educational institutions. She was highly commended for the Deadly Art Award at the 2005 Victorian Indigenous Arts Awards, and short-listed for the Victorian Indigenous Arts Awards in 2006. Aunty Bronwyn has played a vital role in the revival of the traditional eel trap. In 2013, her eel trap with emu feathers granted her the Acquisitive Award in the Victorian Indigenous Arts Awards. The National Museum Australia in Canberra and the Art Gallery of Ballarat have curated her eel traps for their permanent collections.
MERINDI SCHRIEBER, Merindi’s artistic practice is grounded with a deep connection to her mother’s land, Kuku Yalanji (Mossman, NQ). Language, culture and history through song, Merindi’s Bama resonance and soulful, easy-listening mixes echo her passion to educate and empower through the creative song expression. Her involvement in various community initiatives and performances have included festivals, gatherings, events, corporate functions and schoolbased programs. From performer to producer, participant to listener, singer to weaver, writer to consultant, Merindi’s experience in the arts sector is reflective of her Yalanji name Jankaji – Wealth of Knowledge. Bama = People of the Land
We acknowledge the generous support of our public programming partners: Viva Energy Australia, Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and Family, and the Jon Faine Farewell Broadcast Fundraising Appeal
Aunty Bronwyn Razem (Gunditjmara)