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What is a Coolamon?

Coolamon is a bowl (a curved wooden tray) which has been used by many Aboriginal tribes especially the women as a gathering tool. Coolemon is primarily used as a dish to hold food, in the case of deep Coolamon, it can also be used as water carrier or even a rocker for putting babies to sleep.   Coolamon can be an oval cut-out of bark of some trees or a chunk of trunk or root of some trees that is scooped out by Aboriginal men or women. Box tree, Gidgee tree (some Acacia species), red gum tree etc. are often amongst the timbers used in coolamons. Waradah’s gallery sources authentic...

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Explore the Unique Features of Aboriginal Culture at Waradah.

Explore the Unique Features of Aboriginal Culture at Waradah.

Australian Aborigines have a long tradition of storey telling. In the absence of a written language, important cultural and sacred knowledge is passed down by Elders through Dreaming stories, song, dance and art. The Dreaming (or Dreamtime) incorporates the past, present and future. Each Aboriginal person is intricately connected to Country through their ancestral Dreamings and totems (sacred emblems chosen by ancestral beings which symbolise the group). Australian Aborigines learn the Dreaming Stories through travel, song, ritual and art.     We at Waradah Aboriginal Centre, have...

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Reconciliation Week 2017

Reconciliation Week 2017

National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May – 3 June. These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the historic 1992 Mabo decision, respectively. It is a significant week in Australian life for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to get together and learn more about each other. In 1967, the Australians voted overwhelmingly to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census and allow the Commonwealth to create laws for them. In 1992, Eddie Mabo successfully challenged the Australian legal system and fought for recognition...

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The Education Room Gets a Facelift

Over the past few weeks, Waradah Aboriginal Centre has undertaken refurbishments to it’s Education Room, to the value of $10,000. These include: Five 42 inch screens featuring videos of Kevin Rudd’s apology, interviews with Elders and Indigenous artists painting on canvas. Audio visual guides replacing plaques explaining the various Aboriginal tools and weapons. The Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Island flags added to the garden wall. Additional Garden Wall and aged wood framing around information posters. The changes are designed to make the room both visually more appealing and...

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Waradah Performers Receive Training From Former Member of Bangarra Dance Theatre

Waradah Performers Receive Training From Former Member of Bangarra Dance Theatre

Amy Hammond is a proud Gamilaroi woman. She is also a woman guided by her cultural heritage and passion for Aboriginal theatre. ‘Telling our stories our way is important to me.’ – Amy Hammond Amy’s background is in Theatre Stage Production, studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, completing a Bachelor in Production and Design.  She has since worked with such Theatre companies as Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company in Perth and more recently, the prestigious Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Company, where she worked on various touring productions. Her...

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Feature Artist: Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Feature Artist: Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

  Born in 1967 in Mt. Allan, Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi is the eldest daughter of renowned artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, who taught her to paint. Gabriella attended Yirara College in Alice Springs. Gabriella enjoys a high profile in many Australian and overseas commercial galleries. Her paintings depict stories from her country which include: Women’s Ceremonies; Bush Tucker (Black Seed and Exploding Seed from the Mt. Allan area); Goanna; Serpent;  Seven Sisters Dreaming (Milky Way Dreaming); Grandmother’s Gold Country Dreaming. She lives with her husband and children near...

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