The weavers arrived in Melbourne late last night from Mapuru in one epic day of travel across Australia!
We started off their trip today with visit to the Melbourne Museum with a full day of activities planned. Firstly we visited the conservation section where the women shared knowledge with the museum on materials and the making of baskets, also discussing conservation and storage techniques to aid in the Museum’s management of the collection.
We then visited the Bunjilaka Centre and the First Peoples exhibition, followed by a viewing of the Arnhem Land and Donald Thompson collection in the archive. It was certainly a valuable day in the sharing of knowledge and learning from each other.
One of the key sentiments conveyed was the importance of the continuum of knowledge to be shared and passed on for the next generations.
A very big thank you to the Melbourne Museum and the Bunjilaka Centre for hosting us, and in particular a personal thank you to Lindy Allen, Karen Fisher, John Patten and Myles Russell Cook.