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Weaving the World (Resource #3)
30 Apr 2013
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The following excerpts are copied directly from the book 'Ngarrinndjeri Wurruwarring: a world that is, was, and will be' by Diane Bell.


"When we weave with the rushes, the memories of our loved ones are there, moulded into each stictch. And, when we;re weaving, we tell stories. It's not just weaving, but the stories we tell when we're doing it. Daisy Rankine explains. Wukkin mi:mini means the women's business of weaving and all the cultural and sacred life which has been part of the Ngarrindjeri people's ancestry."

"There is a whole ritual in weaving, says Ellen [Ellen Brown Rankine Trevorrow Wilson] and for me its a meditation...From where we actually start, the centre part of a piece, you're creating loops to weave into, then you move into the circle. You keep going round and round creating the loops and once the children do those stages they're talking, actually having a conversation just like our old people. It's sharing time."

"As a weaver I have to pick and dry the rushes, and when I go out for rushes, Ellen explains, I go with my children and my sister's children and friends. Through this sharing, teaching and learning, when they get to an age, they'll know. They're learning about the land, about the best places for rushes and how to pick them, about the different species kukundo and pinkie, from the southeast, and marnggato from the Coorong."

The stories of cultural life recall the creation of the land, of seas, rivers, lakes and lagoons. They tell of the coming into being of fish and fowl, of the birds of the air and beasts of the field. They spell out the propoer uses of flora and fauna.


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