Emu Weaving Story by Suzanne Connelly-Klidomitis



Available online throughout 2021

Emu Weaving Story tells of the seven sisters who were chased into the sky to form an important constellation. In this online workshop, students will use this story as a launching pad to learn about southern Australian Aboriginal culture and traditional weaving techniques and will engage with a whole range of themes from astronomy and the environment, to traditional creation stories.

Delivered as a livestream workshop with the weaving materials sent to the school ahead of time, Emu Weaving Story will introduce the students to Koorie culture, language, symbols, the flag, and Aboriginal nations, gestures and place names. The Emu story is then introduced as a creation story, and Aboriginal constellations, and astronomy is discussed, followed by an introduction to weaving, how it is used and who in the community would traditionally do it.

The students and teachers will be able to see and learn about weaving/baskets, emu eggs and emu feathers. Students are then taught coil weaving with native grasses. There is also talk about nature, conservation, environment, waterways and river health from an Aboriginal perspective – with history and traditional management of natural resources. 

The hands on experience of learning traditional coil weaving is presented in a way that will provide a big picture view of Aboriginal culture, stories and customs, and will engender an understanding and care for first nations people. This program will provide a foundation to learning about the oldest living culture in the world, and how natural resources have been used for millennia for problem solving [nets, traps, coolamons]. 

Students will leave this impactful workshop feeling more connected with the earth and the country they live in through hands on learning, led by an Aboriginal person.

Ideal for: Years 4-8

Curriculum Links: The Arts, Humanities

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural, Personal and Social


Learn about Koorie culture using storytelling and traditional grass weaving with a Master Weaver.

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Metro: 27th Jan 2021 to 17th Dec 2021
Regional: 27th Jan 2021 to 17th Dec 2021

Suzanne Connelly-Klidomitis
Duration: 90 minute livestream workshop
Artform: Visual Arts
Minimum fee: $400 + GST
Suitability: Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8
Terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4
Maximum Student Attendance: 24
Booking info: Online livestream workshop