Posts Tagged "NSW"

Mountain Devils at Waradah

Mountain Devils at Waradah

Who remembers the Mountain Devils? Did you know Mountain Devils have had a special relationship with Echo Point? From early as the 1930’s, enterprising Blue Mountains residents harvested the seed-head from the native shrub, Lambertia formosa (from the same family of Banksia and Waratah with spiky pink flowers) to fashion little devil dolls for tourists. Though hugely popular in the 1940’s-70’s, by the 1980’s the dolls started disappearing from the Blue Mountains shops and kiosks. Growing up in the Blue Mountains, Sarah Michell had fond memories of the Mountain Devils and in...

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Feature Artist: Nellie Nakamarra Marks

Feature Artist: Nellie Nakamarra Marks

Nellie belongs to the Pintubi clan from the Kintore area in Central Australia. She was taught to paint by many of the founders of the desert art movement, includingOld Mick Namarrari, Uta Uta, Pinta Pinta and her father, the great master Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. Nellie has learned the Dreamings of her family ever since she was a small child. Her subjects are primarily Lightning dreaming, Women’s stories and Women’s Tingari from her father’s and her grandfather’s country which lies to the east of Kintore in the Northern Territory. Women’s Dreaming stories depicts her family as they move...

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Introducing Banggarai – The Movie

Introducing Banggarai – The Movie

For you to understand my people, to understand our culture, the connection between our people and the land, I need to take you back, way back. Back long, long time ago. A long time before colonisation. Back to the beginning.     Filmed in the Blue Mountains, produced by Waradah, and featured exclusively at Waradah’s custom-built theatre, Bangarrai is the story of a young Aboriginal man coming of age at a pivotal time in Australia’s history.   Join us at Waradah theatre and travel back in time. Learn the customs, protocols, and traditions of Australian Aboriginal....

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Acclaimed Aboriginal artist, Greg Weatherby chooses Waradah as a stockist.

  Greg Weatherby’s father is a Yuin man from Maruya in NSW’s South Coast, and his mother was an English woman. Greg’s talents as an artist became apparent from an early age, whilst living in a boy’s home with his four brothers. At the time, the nun’s forced him to paint religious pictures. Upon leaving, Greg became interested in learning about his Aboriginal heritage. Travelling his father’s country, he attended ceremonies, learnt the ways of his ancestors, and collected dreamtime stories, which he transcribed into his paintings. Today, Greg is a...

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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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