Weavers of the Bundjalung Nation

Weavers of the Bundjalung Nation

Arts Northern Rivers is publishing Weavers Of The Bundjalung Nation, documenting women’s weaving practice’s specific to the Bundjalung region. The book records stories of elders and weavers, researches historical and archival material and documents traditional plant species and harvesting techniques.

Donations are now open for a crowdfunding campaign to support the printing costs of the publication, assisting Arts Northern Rivers to continue this legacy by ensuring weaving practice and stories will be available for future generations. When printed and sold, the publication profits will ensure ongoing weaving engagement and programs for Artists, Elders and future generations.

Written by acclaimed writer, producer and director Rhoda Roberts AO and edited by Grace Lucas-Pennington, the publication documents these stories with images by renowned photographer Kate Holmes, mentee photographer Kris Cook and also features an introduction by Miles Franklin Award winner Melissa Lucashenko. Rhoda Roberts AO said,

“This publication features many diverse women from across our homelands who continue the inherited birthrights of our ancestors which were once outlawed, feared and oppressed, making way for the notion of Terra Nullis. Our women’s knowledge systems, wisdom and stories are an incredible and generous legacy. This publication is a valuable continuation of that legacy, giving me a sense of strength, belonging and pride. It’s reawakening.”

The publication is the culmination of weaving workshops delivered by Arts Northern Rivers over the past three years where local weavers were engaged to share weaving practice and knowledge with Aboriginal communities across the Bundjalung region. Activated across the region in Lismore, Evans Head, Grafton and Casino, the activity brought together women and young girls from Bundjalung and beyond to share culture, tell stories and create a culturally safe environment to conduct this activity.

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Image: Bundjalung Weaving Project, Kate Holmes, 2019.