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Kawarla: how to make a coolamon

Karungkarni Books


By Biddy Wavehill Yamawurr Nangala and Violet Wadrill Nanaku with Felicity Meakins

Kawarla or coolamons are an important part of Gurindji culture. They are used to carry young babies, collect bush foods and medicines, and they have an important place in many ceremonies. Kawarla: How to Make a Coolamon book and accompanying DVD shows how coolamons are carved and the types of trees used to make them.



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Karungkarni is the Child Dreaming for Gurindji people.

Karungkarni Art Centre is the cultural heart of Kalkaringi, a remote Aboriginal community located 480km southwest of Katherine in the upper Victoria River District of the Northern Territory. Here innovation and creativity flourish to keep Gurindji art, language and culture strong. Our Art Centre serves to pass on knowledge from old to young; to maintain and revitalise language; to facilitate the protection of artists’ intellectual and cultural property; and to share our art and culture with the wider world. Karungkarni is a not-for-profit organisation, proudly owned and governed by the artists of Kalkarindji and Daguragu.

The founding artists are renowned for their participation in the Wave Hill Walk Off on 23 August 1966, when Vincent Lingiari led our people from Wave Hill Cattle Station, igniting the birth of Aboriginal Land Rights. Our Art Centre continues the legacy of those courageous and visionary men and women. They form the core of our enterprise, which provides economic and cultural benefits for the artists, families and community. Their artwork is a distinctive and genuine expression of traditional stories of Gurindji people.

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