Sharing skills to keep a culture alive

SEEING more than 50 people want to learn the skill she has had for 25 years is why Sharon Edwards does what she does.

The Ngiyampaa woman, from Albury, led basket-weaving classes as part of the inaugural Bundyi: Come Share with Us festival.

“It’s to keep the culture alive,” Mrs Edwards said.

She said the Ngiyampaa tribe weren’t traditionally basket-weavers and she was taught the art when she moved to Hamilton in 1988 and was taken under the wing of the Gunditjmara people.

“I’m passing on the culture,” Mrs Edwards said.

Yackandandah woman Frances Higgins attended the final class, which was funded through the Murray Arts Program, on the last day of Bundyi yesterday.

Ms Higgins said she became interested in weaving after visiting the Northern Territory.

“I think they’re really beautiful,” she said.

The Bundyi festival ran for five days and through performances, workshops and movie screenings aimed to encourage indigenous and non-indigenous people to share their stories.

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