Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee

Over time and space, hundreds of woven ‘Meeting Places’ will pop up in a community,—or thousands across the State, or tens of thousands across the country, or millions across the world—and form a Tapestry of Connection.

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We come together as strangers and as we sit in circle and weave, we become connected. We end up being family. Tiddas. Sisters.

After the incredibly successful launch of our Indigenous Weaving Community Art Project in July, where we hosted 10 online Weaving Circles with First Nations and non-Indigenous participants from across Victoria to Adelaide and overseas, we are now raising funds to reach out to the most affected and vulnerable individuals & groups suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.

We’ve had multiple requests for free admission tickets and over the next couple of months we want to ensure that particularly First Nations people, at risk groups, mental health orgs, homeless, domestic violence groups, suicide prevention, commission flats, elderly etc. can access our program for free so they feel supported and connected through these difficult and anxious times, and give them hope and a sense of community whilst in lockdown or self-isolation.

Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee is the COVID-19 antidote of Resilience, Empowerment & Transformation.

Resilience because the ancient knowledge that is embodied in traditional weaving connects us to Spirit and the Ancestors, and gives us the strength to find positive ways forward; Empowerment because the process of contributing to a community artwork provides for interpersonal connection, confidence and control over our own lives; Transformation because we will rebirth into our new selves in a new and better world we have humbly contributed to with our own positive actions and intentions.

Your donation will make a huge difference to another person’s life. What you are gifting the most vulnerable is an invitation to engage their hands and hearts in a meaningful project that creates community and brings a sense of belonging through cultural engagement. You are gifting hope.

Hope is priceless. Hope is love. Hope is healing.

Donations will go towards getting vulnerable people involved in the project so they can connect with community and culture through our online Weaving Circles —or when internet is not an option, through a ‘project kit’ which includes info on materials as well as tutorials.

You will be able to see the impact of your donation by following the outcomes on our Facebook and Instagram page. Enjoy participants’ woven creations and witness how these—over time and space—form the Tapestry of Connection whilst dwelling in public spaces, online via #wayapawarr and eventually physically stitched together when the pandemic is over.

Watch our promo video on www.wayapawarr.com.au, read our story and join an online Weaving Circle yourself to experience what we mean with that wonderful sense of community and connectivity that the ancient tradition of weaving brings about.

Wayapawarr Watnanda Marangee is a group of First Nations Weavers led by Gunditjmara artist & master weaver Bronwyn Razem and creative producer Katja Nedoluha who put together an Arts Response to the COVID-19 situation of self-isolation/lockdown and the associated ramifications such as insecurity, anxiety, feelings of disconnection, etc. etc.

With the help and expertise of Gunditjmara Keeray Woorrong artist & language expert Vicki Couzens, the translation for the project was established.

It was important to showcase the diversity in Australian Indigenous weaving so a group of weavers from different backgrounds were invited to join.

Yorta Yorta artist & contemporary weaver Janet Bromley, Yorta Yorta artist & weaver Lorraine Brigdale and Yolgnu weaver Linda from Ramingining (NT).

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