The Lagoon Project is an intergenerational project helping to reconnect local men to cultural and traditional practices. Canoe making is a feature of this project, alongside spear and trap making.
The team, led by Marcus Wright from Eastern Riverina Arts and Shane Herrington of National Parks and Wildlife worked with men from community and high school students around the Eastern Riverina Arts region teaching traditional skills.
Workshops took place in 2020 centered around working and building Traditional Wiradjuri Canoes from the areas of Wagga Wagga and Traditional Wolgalu Canoes in the areas of Tumut and Brungle. Removing the bark and treating it to form a fully functioning canoe. These workshops allowed local men of the area to reconnect to their cultural and traditional practices. It was also a good time for a yarn.
During Artstate Wagga, 5 – November 2020 thee muriin (Wiradjuri: canoe) will be floated in Wollundry Lagoon.
Shane Herrington is an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger with NSW National Parks and Wildlife. He is a Wiradjuri Wolgalu man. His cultural knowledge comes from the local elders Aunty Alice Williams, Uncle Rod Mason and Uncle Vince Bulger. The cultural knowledge has been passed through the generations to him and he has been teaching cultural practices and protocols for 14 years. Shane will lead the workshops throughout the region.
Marcus Wright is part of our Eastern Riverina Arts team. He is a proud Wiradjuri man. Marcus is the coordinator of the Lagoon Project and is working closely with our First Nations Reference Group.You can contact Marcus directly on Ph: 0447 336363
Images by Wes Boney.
The Lagoon Project is an initiative of Eastern Riverina Arts delivered in collaboration with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Aboriginal Discovery Team.
The Lagoon Project acknowledges the assistance of the Commonwealth Government through the Indigenous Languages and Arts program.