Gomeroi Gaaynggal Centre Re-Stitch program gets state funding

FOR the Gomeroi, the practice of doll making is deeply intertwined with family history and communal traditions. Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson announced more than $37,000 for the Re-stitching Culture program, to ensure the personal and important stories of local Aboriginal families live on. Gomeroi Gaaynggal Centre project manager Lyniece Keogh said while the elders could talk bark off a tree, they would freeze up on camera.

SYMBOLIC MEANING: Kevin Anderson, Loretta Weatherall, Lyniece Keogh and Tamworth art galley director Bridget Guthrie with some of the dolls. Photo: Jamieson Murphy 251116JM001

SYMBOLIC MEANING: Kevin Anderson, Loretta Weatherall, Lyniece Keogh and Tamworth art galley director Bridget Guthrie with some of the dolls. Photo: Jamieson Murphy 251116JM001

“We thought instead of just interview women, we would sit around and make dolls while talking about cultural history,” research coordinator Loretta Weatherall said. 

“They knew the camera was set up in the background, and they’ll be talking, stitching, yarning and passing on information.” An exhibition will start in Tamworth, tour NSW and before going overseas.

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