Harvesting Traditional Knowledge one-day workshop on Melville Island

Mara’wi dress, Tiwi HTK workshop 2014

Aileen Puruntatameri and Rachel Puruntatameri demonstrating how to make a Mara’wi dress

The Mulluwurri Museum: Rediscovering, Preserving and Sharing Cultural Knowledge at Jilamara Arts and Craft

The fourth and final workshop in the ANKAAA Harvesting Traditional Knowledge project 2013-2014 was held at Jilamara Arts and Craft, Melville Island on Tuesday 27 May. ‘The Mulluwurri Museum: Rediscovering, Preserving and Sharing Cultural Knowledge’ brought together over 30 artists, arts workers and Art Centre managers.

Jilamara’s senior artists Aileen Puruntatameri and Rachel Puruntatameri led participants in a demonstration of how to make the traditional Tiwi Mara’wi dress. Artist Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri explained how traditional techniques involved in making the dress were revived at Jilamara and have found their way into the art produced at the Art Centre.

Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs at the National Museum of Australia, Andy Greenslade, spoke about the ‘Encounters Project’, a collaborative exchange with the British Museum including Tiwi art and leading to exhibitions in 2015. Andy also shared useful tricks on how to deal with mould and other conservation problems in tropical climates using cheap materials available at the supermarket.

Mara'wi dress, Tiwi

Natural materials used for making the Mara’wi dress

NT-based conservator Carolyn McLennan discussed conservation techniques and practices with the other participants. Several artists, arts workers and Art Centre manager, Madeleine Challender from Waralungku Arts in Borroloola also attended to share perspectives and learn more about community collections as Waralungku Arts is embarking on building its own new Keeping Place.

This project is an Inspiring Australia science, engagement and communication initiative, funded through the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. It is part of the ANKAAA Digital Archiving and Keeping Place Support Program supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

[Source] ANKAAA: Arts Backbone Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 1, August 2014, p. 20

Comments Off on Harvesting Traditional Knowledge one-day workshop on Melville Island

Tags: