Thursday, July 19, 2007

aboriginal art

narana creations is an 'aboriginal craft and cultural interpretation centre' near Geelong (a city just under an hour's drive away - it is about the size of Lexington).  On Billy's last day with us (Tuesday) we drove down there to see some art and make contact with an Aboriginal man named Ed who we had met two weeks previously at St Martins.

It was a wonderful place and the collection of art for sale was as good as we have seen since being here.  the wider cultural programs add to the experience of the place and we were sorry to be just visiting briefly.  Ed wasn't there but we did have a brief chat with Vince who heads up narana.  this place is part of a 'congress' which moblizes australian churches in seeking reconciliation.  it is engaged in such good work. 

from the website:

The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (Congress) is Aboriginal people in the Uniting Church committed to assisting Aboriginal people towards self-determination and building communities of fellowship throughout Australia.

Narana Creations, the state centre at Grovedale, is the Victorian home of the U.A.I.C.C. This is very important to us. It is "our place" which employs, trains and frees Aboriginal people for leadership in a way that is culturally relevant to our people. It is growing fast.

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