From little things, big things grow
Sometimes it is the very simplest of ideas that turn into the most impactful moments. This was certainly the case for Community Arts Network facilitator, Sandy McKendrick, when she came to Moora to kick-start the Place Names project. What started as a gathering of stories from Yued Elders culminated on Friday 18 September with the launch of a book, a podcast and an exhibition with “Kep Gabi – Stories from Yued Country”.
Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of WA, Len Collard, was in attendance at the Gardiner Street Arts Collective for the launch of KEP GABI and commented on the level of community support shown at the exhibition launch. “It is so important that the stories of local indigenous people be told – people need to understand their history to understand and plan for their future”, Professor Collard said. This comment was supported by Milton Mogridge who, during an emotional Welcome to Country, reflected on the power of storytelling in healing some of the scars of indigenous people.