Yandaarra is a Gumbaynggirr-led collaboration made up of co-researchers Aunty Shaa Smith, Neeyan Smith, Sarah Wright, Paul Hodge and Lara Daley. It is guided by Country and the Old Fellas. The collaboration aims to maintain the integrity of Gumbaynggirr Dreaming and its place in the world, to strengthen its cultural practice in a way that is relevant for today to share wisdom and grow relationships with self, each other and the earth.
Yandaarra will move forward together with Gumbaynggirr and non-Gumbaynggirr people. Through workshops led by Gumbaynggir people with natural resource management groups, and weaving circles with Miimi Mothers in conjunction with its partners including the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance, Miimi Mothers and The University of Newcastle.
The Saltwater Freshwater Festival
On the 26th January, 2017 the Yandaarra team hosted a stall on Gumbaynggirr Country at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival, Coffs Harbour. The day was a chance to share with people at the festival the meaning and purpose of Yandaarra. It was also a way of sharing stories in circle as women and girls connected through weaving with Miimi Mothers.
Gumbaynggirr Country is located on the mid-north coast of NSW.
Map: Courtesy of Muurrbay Language and Culture Co-op, Nambucca Heads NSW.
(Gumbaynggirr Dreaming Story Collection, Publication Date: 2016)
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This post was kindly written and coordinated by Dr Paul Hodge, Dr Sarah Wright and Lara Daley.