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WONDERFUL ABORIGINAL ART AT FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE

 

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If you missed the opening at the Fremantle Arts Centre last night of Bush Women 25 Years On go and see it! If you love good visual art, don’t mis it! If you love great Aboriginal art this is the show for you. It is wonderful, wonderful!

The show by some of the best known female indigenous Kimberley artists is a pure joy for the eye and the soul.

Stunning works by Paji Honeychild Yankkarr, Daisy Andrews, Queenie McKenzie Gara-Gara, Kanytjuri Bates, Tjingapa Davies, Pantjiti Mary McLean.

Another show by female local artists Holly Story and Kati Thamo is in the same building, so make sure to also view Running Deep.

The FAC cafe is open, so hide from the bad weather and do something for the soul and tummy!

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LOCKHART RIVER ARTISTS AT JAPINGKA GALLERY

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2018

 

Japingka show July 20

 

The great Japingka Gallery in Fremantle’s High Street must be one of the first and oldest Aboriginal art galleries in the Perth metro area.

This Friday their new show by Lockhart River artists Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok opens, so make sure to go and have a look. The show will be on display till August 29.

The painters’ style, using thick layers of paint overlaid and scraped back to reveal earlier layers, gives a sense of the lush tropical landscape and bright light. It also reflects the importance of the people in recognising the meanings and stories associated with the land, the sea and the ceremonies that connect all of these together.

Fiona Omeenyo focuses on the importance of family and clan connections, depicting groups of people fishing and working the coastal regions and river estuaries. In essence the spirits of the people and their ancestors are suggested in the imagery, which is both human-like and representative of ancient rock engravings.

Rosella Namok creates images of the broader landscape, the seasons and the changing light as day merges into night. Her paintings of tropical rainstorms and the tidal patterns left by the Flow of the ocean suggest the importance of the natural rhythms of life and nature.

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NOONGAR FACILITATORS WANTED FOR FREO CULTURAL CENTRE

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, craft, culture, indigenous, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2018

 

Walyalup ACC

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The City of Fremantle WALYALUP ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE is looking for Noongar facilitators, teachers, artists and musicians to teach about Noongar culture.

Contact the WACC on: wacc@fremantle.wa.gov.au

 

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FREMANTLE CELEBRATES NAIDOC WEEK

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, football, history, indigenous, racism, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018

 

NAIDOC at Paperbird

 

The Paperbird children’s bookshop in Fremantle’s Henry Street is flying the Aboriginal flag for NAIDOC Week.

It is good to see good things happening during NAIDOC Week and acknowledge that Australia has come a long way when it comes to our indigenous people, but there is a lot more to do and more and better education needed about our Aboriginal culture. Racism is not something of the past but a humiliating daily experience for Australia’s indigenous people. That needs to stop!

I was impressed with the apology Police Commissioner Chris Dawson offered yesterday and saddened to read the racist abuse story of former Dockers player Scott Chisholm in the West Australian today.

Chisholm conducts Aboriginal awareness tours from the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Captain’s Lane on Arthur’s Head every morning from 10am this month, so go and join one with your children.

The Roundhouse flies the Aboriginal flag every day of the year to acknowledge our Aboriginal culture and history.

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NAIDOC WEEK CELEBRATING OUR INDIGENOUS CULTURE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, community, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 7, 2018

 

NAIDOC Week July 8

 

The City of Fremantle is hosting a range of events to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

The theme for NAIDOC Week this year is ‘Because of her, we can!’ – chosen to highlight the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played at the community, local, state and national level.

The free opening event at the PCYC in Paget Street Hilton will start at 1pm tomorrow-Sunday July 8 with a Welcome to Country by Marie Taylor and feature Natasha Eldridge and her band and a weaving circle with Sharyn Egan.

There are many other special events in Freo this week, so take advantage of the school holidays and come down and enjoy NAIDOC week in Fremantle.

Other highlights of Sunday’s opening event will be a special performance by the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, a community canvas painting session and damper making.

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre near the Round House will be the focal point for many NAIDOC week events, with former Fremantle Docker Scott Chisholm hosting walking tours, a storytime session, an art day, barbecue tucker, boomerang throwing and much more.

The WACC will also host the NAIDOC week closing ceremony next Sunday, 15 July.

Other events around Fremantle include the WAFL NAIDOC round clash between South Fremantle and Claremont at Fremantle Oval on Saturday, and a screening of the filmWe Don’t Need a Map by acclaimed director Warwick Thornton as part of the Hilton Winter Film Festival.

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ABORIGINAL TOURS OF FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, history, indigenous by freoview on June 19, 2018

 

IndigenousWA

 

I happened to bump into my good mate Greg Nannup this morning while he was conducting one of his Aboriginal history tours at Arthur Head with a group of school students.

The tours by Indigenous Tours WA are very informative and great for local people and overseas visitors to get to know more about the Whadjuk Noongar history of Walyalup, as the Fremantle region is known in Noongar.

If you want to book a tour contact email is tours@indigenouswa.com or phone Greg Nannup on 0405 630606 and check the website: http://www.indigenouswa.com

 

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KAYA AND WELCOME TO FREMANTLE WALYALUP

 

The Sunday Times reports today that Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt would “seriously consider” to use Walyalup side by side with Fremantle, to acknowledge the Aboriginal history.

I would welcome that move, and Fremantle Walyalup does sound good, but question why it is taking so long to get more recognition of our indigenous history with more street and place names getting Noongar names.

It makes far more sense to add Aboriginal names than to delete the names of some of the early settlers, so what are we waiting for? The call for more Aboriginal names in Fremantle has been going for three decades, and while we now see Wanju Whadjuk Boodja signs underneath City of Fremantle ones, that is not good enough.

Fremantle Council also needs to be very clear that if it is serious about adding Walyalup to the Fremantle city name, the decision needs to be made before a major destination marketing concept has been developed, so that Walyalup can be included in all promotional material.

Ayers Rock became Uluru years ago, and the Bungles in the Kimberley are now better known as Purnululu, so there are no great obstacles that prevents our leaders to introduce more Aboriginal names for places of significance.

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COLOURFUL FREMANTLE WA DAY OPENING

 

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The Aboriginal smoking ceremony to open WA DAY at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour attracted a good crowd. It’s always nice to see so many children at these events as they are a very essential part of moving forward with the reconciliation process.

Noongar elder Neville Collard gave a welcome to country and the Wadumbah dancers performed.

Also saying hello were WA Minister Simone McGurk, Fremantle Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge and Federal MP in waiting Josh Wilson.

There are lots of activities, including a pocket market and of course the 6pm fireworks are on.

The weather is great so don’t waste your time and stay at home to watch TV and the Dockers lose. ; >)

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IT’S NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, heritage, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on May 27, 2018

 

Nat Reconciliation Week May 27

 

KAYA! A reminder that it is National reconciliation Week next week, so connect with our Whadjuk Noongar friends, read about indigenous history and culture or just buy a ork of Aboriginal art. There is a beautiful new exhibition at the Japingka Gallery in Fremantle’s High Street!

 

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STUNNING ABORIGINAL ART FUNDRAISER AT KIDOGO

Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, fundraising, Uncategorized by freoview on May 8, 2018

 

 

A fund raising exhibition at Fremantle’s Kidogo Arthouse, in support of Origins Centre, Balingup is a one-off opportunity of acquiring works by leading Australian artists on sale from the private collection of art curator, Christina McGuinness.

STORIES is an exhibition of paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and textiles collected from throughout Australia for over thirty years.

It’s only on for 3 days. Opens: 6.30pm on Friday 11 May. Last day is Sunday May 13 where the gallery is open from 11am to 5pm.

This private collection spans over thirty years of interest and love of the first peoples culture and art of this country.. Christina has not only worked in Perth supporting Aboriginal arts/artists in organisations and institutions such as Department for the Arts (now Dept. of Culture & the Arts) and Craftwest (now FORM) but also worked in commercial galleries specialising in Aboriginal art including Dreamtime Gallery and Randall Lane Fine Art.

Over the years she has visited and worked with WA communities Marribank, Warburton, Warakurna, and Waringarri Arts in Kununurra. And interstate to communities that include Papunya, Kintore, Ramingining/Arnhem Land in NT. And also Lockhart River, Weipa and Hope Vale in FNQ where she did marketing work with Hope Vale Arts and met her dear friend, artist Roy McIvor.

Now Christina wants to share most of her collection while supporting a community that is also very close to her heart and personal well-being. *Origins Centre, Balingup will be gifted the entire net proceeds of the sale in support of their Archival & Restoration Program.

Artists include: Paddy Carlton, Shirley Purdie, Lily Karedada, Peter Skipper. Pantjiti Mary McLean, Paddy Fordham Wainburranga, Nancy Petyarre, Anmanari Brown, Charlie Djurdjin, Carol Golding, Edgar Pike, Jane Alimankinni, Nyarrapyi Giles and Roy McIvor.

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