Coonara Community House launches Yarning Circle

By Sierra Laird

Photo by Barbara Oehring

Our Yarning Circle launch day was met with sunshine. We welcomed over 250 people for a day of celebration of Indigenous culture. We thank Suburban Revitalisation grant from the Victorian Government for making this day an event which we could offer free to the public.

The Yarning Circle is a significant space for Indigenous people of the hills to meet, yarn and develop connections with others.

The launch began with a very special Smoking Ceremony. We had 10 Indigenous market stall holders set up to showcase their inspiring art, craft, knowledge and stories. Stevie and Abe from Sustainative prepared delicious food, Yellow Lentil Curry and Lemon Myrtle Poha (flattened spiced rice) in our Community Kitchen. The Lemon Myrtle cordial was refreshing and on tap all day. We offered all beverages and food for free. It was very special to connect over a bush tucker inspired meal.

Cr Meagan Baker, Dobson Ward for Knox City Council and Sierra Laird unveiled the Mural, created by Indigenous artist, Natalie Jade. It is a vibrant work, representing our area through gum leaves and our native birds. The crowd was impressed. Thank you to the Deputy Mayor, Cr Jude Dwight, for also sharing our day.

We enjoyed a Didgeridoo performance from Ganga Giri as the dance crew, Djarlo, told inspiring stories while moving around the Yarning Circle. With children’s activities, storytime, saltbush popcorn, games and more it was a day filled with community spirit.

Photo by Barbara Oehring
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