After three separate flights and a very long day travelling, the weavers arrived in Melbourne at 12pm on Tuesday night. Such tired but happy eyes as we greeted them in the early hours of the morning.
For their first day we took them to the Melbourne Museum to Bunjilaka to see the wonderful new First People’s exhibition and also see the amazing wall of baskets form all over Australia. There was a lot of discussion from the women about the differences and similarities between people of Victoria and Yolŋu people. Canoe making, message sticks, ceremony, digging sticks and weaving.
We were also taken back of house into the Museum’s archive of indigenous artefacts from all over Australia, particularly looking at the objects from Arnhem Land. It was amazing to hear the women telling stories about the pieces that they knew, what they were used for and who might have made them.
Special thanks to everyone at the Museum for their time, it was truly an amazing afternoon.