We are currently in the process of making comprehensive records of traditional Wilinggin craft-making practices for future generations.
In May 2021, Elders travelled to Ngallaganda (Gibb River Station) with cultural trainees to pass on harvesting and production techniques. Materials, including different kinds of bark and wood, ochre and natural resin, were collected to make boomerangs, clap sticks, coolamons and more, providing young people with the opportunity to connect with Country and culture. We also recorded Ngarinyin language words and pronunciation, as well as relevant stories, which are now being collated into a book with linked digital resources to share the distinctive creative practices of the region over thousands of years, and safely preserve this important information for future generations of Wilinggin people.
The book is expected to be available by the end of 2022. Sign up to receive a notification when it is available to the public.
Thank you to the Australian Government Office for the Arts Indigenous Languages and Arts program for making this project possible.