It has been a big year. Quite a few things ticked off the list and some nice surprises. Thank you to everyone, too many to mention individually, for making this possible. Some of the highlights were:
- The exhibition Burambabirra Yindyamarra at Wagga Wagga City Gallery was a great success and many thanks to all concerned, including the Elders, who have been so generous in sharing their culture and their friendship, to Nives for her skills and support, my family, the team at the gallery, and the community who have come out to support it.
- Winning the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Design Award for the film Yindyamarra Yambuwan was recognition for the deep Wiradjuri cultural values in Yindyamarra and how it has the capacity to enhance Australian life across all cultures.
- It has been a great experience starting to show the film Yindyamarra Yambuwan out across Wiradjuri country, including a great weekend in Forbes in November.
- Aunty Joyce Hampton’s Book, Menindee Girl, is now published and looks fantastic. Details of how to purchase a copy will be in a separate page and post soon. It was great to hear how her grandchildren are reacting to receiving their copy of the book over Christmas. We plan to have an official launch early in the New Year.
- The book to go with the film Yindyamarra Yambuwan is being read by a number of community reviewers and should be available in the first quarter of 2017. The book sets out the text in Wiradjuri as it is spoken in the film, an additional word for word translation, as well as a flowing English version illustrated with full colour images of Wiradjuri country.
- Bernard’s PhD thesis and exhibition were assessed with only minor changes needed from all three assessors!