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Ngangk Waangening, Mothers’ Stories

Ngangk Waangening, Mothers’ Stories 11.30am Inner Courtyard, Fremantle Arts Centre $19
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Sat 26 Feb at Inner Courtyard, Fremantle Arts Centre, from $19

‘It is said that women in labour leave their bodies and travel to the stars to collect the souls of their babies and return to this world together.’ (Anonymous, featured in Valerie Ah Chee’s story behind the painting Kabarli Katijin.)  

This is a rare and powerful story session with Ngangk Waangening editors Aunty Doreen Nelson and Rhonda Marriott AM, alongside other Elder and Senior Noongar and Yamatji women whose accounts of becoming mothers have been shared in this unique legacy collection. Incorporating recollections of trauma, resilience and culture, the women share memories of their grandmothers’ traditional skills and their own birthing experiences.  

‘If there truly is a will to close the gap, we need others to acknowledge that we are the oldest continuous living culture, we are still here, we practise our culture and there is much that others can learn from us if they choose to listen.'

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Time & Location

Sat 26 Feb

11.30am Inner Courtyard, Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle / Walyalup



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