Makarrata Garden Tarrangower

Created: Tuesday, 27 March 2018

We are excited that Makarrata Garden Tarrangower led by local artist Forest Keegel is starting in April and would love you to be involved in this transformative project which investigates our local biosphere with a focus on Powerful Owls and Duans (Brush-tailed Phascogales), the history of colonisation in Maldon and brings Indigenous cultural learning to the Tarrangower community so we can begin a Makarrata (truth telling and reconciliation) process.     

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The project will begin with a Welcome to Country & launch, all the community is welcome. For people of all genders interested in Indigenous weaving, we are forming a group led by Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owner, Master Weaver Aunty Marilyne Nicholls that will meet monthly. 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 are required, more information is on our website.In May there will be a talk from Macedon Ranges Environment Officer William Terry presenting his research on Powerful Owl and Duan habitat. Then, come along to contribute to the Makarrata Garden Tarrangower visioning so we can plan together and develop ideas 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, 7.30pm.Makarrata Garden Tarrangower will forge connections between the Tarrangower community and local Indigenous cultural heritage of the original inhabitants, the Dja Dja Wurrung people.Regional Centre for Culture 2018 is a year-long celebration of arts, culture and community in Victoria's regions.