Aunties Bea Ballangarry, Jessie Williams and Emily Walker were at the recent Yarrawarra Women’s Gathering.
Aunties Bea Ballangarry, Jessie Williams and Emily Walker were at the recent Yarrawarra Women’s Gathering.

Yarrawarra Womens Gathering a hit

THE cultural richness of the ancient Gumbayngirr nation was celebrated during the third Yarrawarra Women’s Gathering recently.

Thirty women gathered at Corindi Beach for a weekend hosted by the Burwarrinyin Women’s Association.

The range of activities included a traditional smoking ceremony, basket weaving, bush tucker and medicine, body painting, traditional dancing and painting Aboriginal designs onto silk scarves.

The highlight for many was spending time with respected elders who shared their stories, some of them painful, from the days when segregation was alive and well on the Mid North coast.

Despite some harrowing stories the elders impressed upon everyone their sense of peace with the world and the importance of promoting an understanding of Aboriginal culture in areas such as writing, art and education.

Elder Aunty Bea Ballangarry said it was a lovely experience sharing time with other women of different backgrounds.

“Seeing these women from many different cultures and backgrounds enjoying each others company during cultural activities, promotes better relations for the good of community,” Aunty Bea said.

Anyone interested in joining the Burwarrinyin Women’s mailing list for future event notifications can email: b_w_n@bigond.com or call Sally Wilson on 0409 824 803.



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