Emu Weaving Story by Suzanne Connelly-Klidomitis


Emu Weaving Story tells of the seven sisters who were chased into the sky to form an important constellation. 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.

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. 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, learn about and hold examples of weaving/baskets, emu eggs and emu feathers. The students then are 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.

Curriculum Links: The Arts, Humanities

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

How have Aboriginal people survived for tens of thousands of years in this country? This engaging workshop will unlock some of the answers!

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Metro: 28th Jan 2020 to 18th Dec 2020
Regional: 28th Jan 2020 to 18th Dec 2020

Suzanne Connelly-Klidomitis
Duration: 1–3 hours
Artform: Visual Arts
Minimum fee: $936 + GST (3 x 1hr, 2 x 1.5hr or 1 x 3 hr)
Suitability: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4
Booking info: Technical Requirements: Minimum workshop space 3M x 3M x 2M Height. Access to sink required.