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Water Art Stories Back to Country Workshop, Keep River NT 2010

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Monday, June 14, 2010 - 10:00 to Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 15:00
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The NAILSMA Indigenous Water Facilitator Network facilitated and supported a second 'back to country' trip in the East Kimberley in June 2010, in conjunction with Waringarri Arts Centre, and the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Languate Centre, both from Kununurra WA.

Over 60 Traditional Owners camped on traditional lands at Police Hole (Keep River National Park) for 5 days to record, through art, the importance of water to cultural practises and traditional stories. 

Additionally the concept of water and seasonality was explored in more detail with members of the Bureau of Meteorology who presented a Climage Change workshop. 

These discussions resulted in the Miriwoong people, through the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language Centre, developing a Miriwoong Seasonal Calendar poster series. They also launched a video about Miriwoong Traditional Weather Knowledge, helping to understand indicators of seasonal change and how they affect water availability at different times of the year.

This project was filmed during the workshop and in a number of workshops in Kununurra between July 2010 and February 2011. It builds on previous work with Miriwoong Traditional Owners documenting traditional knowledge and cultural values of water.

In Related Content below, go to Message Disk 4 Water and scroll to the video where Water Facilitator, Sonia Leonard reflects on the success of this workshop.

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