Woven Over Time

Braving torrents of cascading late spring rain, students open their schools extraordinary exhibition with a traditional Ngarrindjeri Welcome to Country during the Coorong Gallery’s latest installation “Woven Over Time” Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Proudly exhibiting their hundreds of woven pieces, Tailem Bend Primary School students, from reception to year seven, along with their teachers and Ngarrindjeri weaving instructors, were extremely proud of what they had accomplished in such a short time.

Handed down from generations to generations (and now to the students of the Tailem Bend Primary School) Ngarrindjeri weaving is a traditional cultural practise that is thousands of years old – the students had so much fun that some even became instructors themselves helping fellow students prepare their works for their unique display.

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Ngarrindjeri weaving instructor, Michael Lindsay of Meningie, with a very proud Tailem Bend Primary School weaver, Will Blucher of Murray Bridge,  during the Coorong Gallery’s latest installation “Woven Over Time” Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

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Ngarrindjeri weaving instructors, son Michael, Audrey and daughter Rita Lindsay all of Meningie, with an excited group of Tailem Bend Primary School students during the Coorong Gallery’s latest installation “Woven Over Time” Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

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Primary School exhibitor, Elyssa-Kate Zadow of Tailem Bend,  with Ngarrindjeri weaving instructor, Rita Lindsay of Meningie, during the Coorong Gallery’s latest installation “Woven Over Time” Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

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Know as Manggadu (Cyperus Gymnacaulos – Spiny Flat Sedge) the Ngarrindjeri traditionally used Manggadu to weave baskets to collect food, such as berries and fish, while using their woven mats as clothing and sitting upon.

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