Christine Nabobbob.
Christine Nabobbob. CONTRIBUTED

Weaving new ties with Arnhem Land

SUNSHINE Coast creative types are building connections with Indigenous culture from remote northern Australia through a unique opportunity: weaving workshops.

Indigenous weaver Christine Nabobbob is coming to the region to undertake a series of workshops and informal talks and community gatherings.

Christine is a holder of knowledge passed down the matriarchal line of weavers in her family, and belongs to people of the Kunwinjku language group from Gunbalanya community in West Arnhem Land (and traditional homeland of Mamadawerre).

Sharing this cultural knowledge continues the legacy of her ancestors to ensure that what she holds stays alive. 

Christine (Ngalbarndidj) has a deep connection with Rene Bahloo - a Coast-based artist and weaving facilitator, who is steering this ongoing project to connect creatives and weavers through heart-based relationship building and intercultural connection.

Through her continued involvement with Injalak Arts Centre in the Gunbalanya community, Christine has participated in many demonstrations and workshops, as well as exhibitions and conferences.

All local workshops will involve cultural exchange, knowledge and skill-sharing through informal yarning and practical weaving workshops and demonstrations. 

Christine and René work together to share Indigenous culture and weaving with the wider community through facilitated weaving journeys to Arnhem Land.

This visit to the Sunshine Coast will expand their mission for cultural sharing between the two communities.

This is a trip to build new networks between weavers and crafters, through workshops and talking circles, that tie together the two weavers and what they share with the world.

Christine and René also have a longer-term goal in mind: a weaving camp in Arnhem Land where Indigenous weavers from across Australia and the globe will be invited to share their skills and culture, weaving lives and culture together for the protection and preservation of the old ways.

They hope to have a large representation by participants from the Coast who have developed a relationship with the weavers through this trip as the first of many to the region.

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