Exploring Indigenous culture

Yarra Ranges Regional Museum. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

A new exhibition exploring Indigenous culture and heritage is on at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, featuring local Wurundjeri Elders as well as Wiradjuri man and respected journalist, Stan Grant.

Yarra Ranges Council presents Our Country, Our Future: Nourishing the Conversation, which focuses on how the community can learn from Aboriginal knowledge in order to create a shared future.

“In the Yarra Ranges we live on Wurundjeri Country,” Mayor Fiona McAllister said.

“This region has a strong Aboriginal community with a living culture, which we are fortunate to learn from. The new exhibition is an accessible way to learn more about local Indigenous heritage.”

The experience was inspired by this year’s live-streamed Reconciliation Week event, Our Country, Our Future: Igniting a Shared Responsibility, viewed by thousands of people, and is aimed at continuing the conversation around reconciliation.

“Reconciliation is more than about shaking hands and nice work,” Mr Grant said. “Let us look to a place where we understand each other and share a place together as one people.”

The exhibition can be viewed at the Museum and experienced online, featuring curated videos and content aimed at furthering the conversation about Indigenous heritage and the ongoing story of reconciliation.

Yorta Yorta man Ralph Hume said, “This is about understanding and a responsibility and also a shared history and a shared future.”

The exhibition will be at the museum in Lilydale from Thu 7 Jan to Sun 28 Feb 2021.

Bookings are essential at culturetracks.info or the online experience can be viewed at yrc.vic.gov.au/ourcountryourfuture

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