October 2017: Making a Gift for the Federal Court of Australia
After hearing that Justice Rares was coming to share his judgement and celebrate the granting of Exclusive Native Title to Yindjibarndi at Jinderwarrinha (Millstream National Park) on our Yindjibarndi tableland country – senior and emerging Yindjibarndi women artists who are painters, weavers, and glassmakers at Juluwarlu’s Yindjibarndi Arts Space, Ngurrawaana Aboriginal Community and Cheeditha Aboriginal Community came together to create a major painting celebrating our deep commitment to our Yindjibarndi country.
Each artist contributed her own section to the painting – celebrating our Creation Stories, Food Plants and Jammi (medicine) Plants, sacred places, our language, and our long traditions of caring for our country.
The Artists who contributed to the creation of this gift to the Federal Court of Australia are: Rosemary Woodley, Wendy Hubert, Lyn Cheedy, Banyji Cheedy, Jane Cheedy, Judith Coppin, Lorraine Coppin, Joyce Hubert King, Alice Guiness, Kay Warrie, Wendy Warrie, Jolene Warrie, Marion Cheedy and Tootsie Daniels.
Artists preparing Federal Court Gift, 2017
As the work was designed and created, many more women and young girls gathered around, all contributing their ideas to the work as it progressed – laughing, telling stories, bringing cups of tea – sharing with each other in our Yindjibarndi Nyinyart way. The painting was only one gift given by Yindjibarndi artists. Cheeditha Artists gifted their designed scarves and glasswork to the special guests at Jinderwarrinha on the day of the Native Title announcement.