It's Reconciliation Week and the Wurundjeri Council are reaching out to their kirrip for support in an incredibly important endeavour.
The Wurundjeri Council strive to reclaim precious cultural heritage that is of relevance to the Wurundjeri people, Victorian Aboriginal people and to the broader Victorian community.
It recently came to attention that one of Uncle William Barak's cultural works is scheduled for auction on the 7th of June.
William Barak (1824 - 1903), known as Uncle William is recognised as one of the masters of the late nineteenth century south-eastern Aboriginal art. Also known as “Grandfather” by the Wurundjeri community, he is recognised as one of Aboriginal Australia’s great cultural leaders, diplomats, visionaries and social justice advocates of the 19th Century. In an important act of recognition of his outstanding qualities and achievements he was inducted in the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll in 2011.
The Council is attempting to raise the funds (it's a lot) to purchase Ceremony (1897) and to bring it home to Country. They have commenced their first crowdfunding campaign and asking kirrip for support. The means to support local mob could not be clearer this Reconciliation Week.
Please consider donating and sharing with friends and family. Ceremony is not just a painting; it is an invaluable document of cultural expression.
To donate and for more information, go to https://chuffed.org/project/bringing-barak-home