Makarrata Garden Tarrangower

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Makarrata Garden Tarrangower is a community engaged sculpture project to research habitat of Powerful Owl & Duan (Brush Tailed Phascogale) and educate ourselves about the history of Dja Dja Wurrung people and celebrate their living Culture. Growing a Makarrata Garden in the hearts and minds of the Tarrangower Community. Makarrata is much more than just a synonym for truth and reconciliation or treaty. It is a complex Yolngu word describing a process of conflict resolution, peacemaking and justice. Funded by a Regional Centre for Culture Creative Victoria Local Grant.

The project is being led by Maldon artist Forest Keegel in consultation with Dja Dja Wurrung people.

For people of all genders interested in learning about Indigenous weaving, we are forming a group led by Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owner, Master Weaver Aunty Marilyne Nicholls that will meet monthly for 6 months. Learn about Indigenous weaving culture and weaving techniques culminating in an exhibition of baskets in Bendigo and at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre in October. Registrations required group numbers limited commences 22 April.

Come along to contribute to the Makarrata Garden Tarrangower visioning on May 27th 3-5 so we can plan together for a collaborative sculpture. The project will continue into June and July with work on the collaborative sculpture, Indigenous planting, conversations and sculptural nest box creation and including Maldon Focus’ Quarterly Conversation featuring Indigenous leader Rodney Carter CEO of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation on Monday 2nd July.

Makarrata Garden Tarrangower will forge connections between the Tarrangower community and local Indigenous cultural heritage of the original inhabitants, the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We want a Makaratta Garden to grow in the hearts and minds of those who live in Tarrangower – strengthening their connection to the land and to the traditional custodians – the Dja Dja Wurrung.

Regional Centre for Culture 2018 is a year-long celebration of arts, culture and community in Victoria's regions. To find out more about this project, please contact Maldon Neighbourhood Centre on 5475 2093 or email or check out our website or Facebook page.