We were excited to receive notification that we will receive $180,000 over the next two years from the Federal Government’s Indigenous Language and Arts program to deliver projects around traditional canoe making practice.

The Lagoon Project is a two year inter-generational project re-invigorating canoe-making practice among the Aboriginal men of Brungle/Tumut community. The project will provide opportunities for the sharing and strengthening of cultural practice through exhibition and performance including participation in a significant festivals in the Riverina.

The project will create part-time employment for a Cultural Producer for the project, as well as engage senior Elders and knowledge holders, artists, and provide workshop opportunities for men and young people.

The project happens in the three stages:

Source: on country workshops to build canoes, workshops with young people

Floating: presentation of canoes at significant public events in 2020

Flowing: develop cultural legacy plans and projects for the canoes.

We will commence consultations and recruitment for the Cultural Producer producer in August.

Special thanks to the members of our First Nations Reference Group; Aunty Lorraine Tye, Luke Penrith and Aunty Fay Mosely, Shane Herrington from National Parks and Wildlife, Snowy Valleys Council and Coo-ee Cottage for your support.

image: Shane Herrington with carved Eucalyptus bark