6 Yinaar


Yinaar: Women's Show

A Creative Exploration of Aboriginal Women’s Business in the New England North West

Delivering on the aspirations of the Aboriginal women from the Arts North West region, YINAAR is a creative exploration of Women’s Business in the New England North West. The project is informed by documented research into traditional Songlines and storytelling of women’s practices, and with key engagement with Aboriginal Elders, Knowledge Holders and Community.

Key focus areas of the exhibition are Gali (Aboriginal women hold the lore of water), food and medicine (native plants, fruits and seeds), kinship and responsibilities, healing (Women’s traditional healing practices), and language.

This project is 100% Aboriginal led and will be delivered by Aboriginal women. A steering committee for the project has been established through Arts North West with Aboriginal women from throughout the region.

The artists and their elements are:

  • Avril Chapman Gali/ Water - Aboriginal women hold the lore of water, and they have a deep spiritual and cultural connection to the land, the sky and the rivers. 
  • Tania Hartigan Food & Medicine – Type of and use of native plants, fruits and seeds including how they were/are protected, propagated, harvested and prepared.
  • Tess Reading Kinship & Responsibilities - The structure of Aboriginal families including cultural values and involving kinship responsibilities and the collaboration of clans
  • Vicky Duncan Healing – Women's traditional healing practices and how they have been adapted into a contemporary society
  • Adele Chapman-Burgess Language- languages are the breath of life for First Nation peoples. ‘First Nations languages are not just a means of communication, they express knowledge about everything: law, geography, history, family and human relationships, philosophy, religion, anatomy, childcare, health, caring for country, astronomy, biology and food.'

Exhibition Runs: Fri 19 August – Sat 8 October