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A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published March 2nd 2019
Some very interesting indigenous events in Perth
Tired, or in a rut from always going to the same places? Now is your opportunity to change this and do something completely different! Indigenous or aboriginal products have become popular over the last decade and this is a list of events that will be on from March to May.

1. ABORIGINAL ART CLASS
This is sure to be very interesting, so make sure you book as soon as possible. The classes will be on 14th and 21st March 2019.

Join Nyoongar Artist, Esther (Kickett) McDowell and learn how to create your very own inspired painting. You may bring any natural objects that inspire you. Cost is $20, all materials are supplied and you can book and see more dates on their Facebook page.



2. BUSHTUCKER WORKSHOP
I have always been interested in how our indigenous people can live off the land. This workshop will teach you a bit about this. It will be given by the bushfood gardener, Steve Mc Cabe on 16th March at Environment House, 125 King William Street, Bayswater.

This event offers an introduction to kitchen wetland gardening with bushtucker plants. It will provide you with:

Some plants for your kitchen wetland.
Proven cultivation tips and tricks.
Insights into traditional land management.
The opportunity to learn some of the fundamentals of Nyungar cuisine.
A much clearer idea of the importance of wetlands to humanity.

The cost is $15 and you can book and read more about it on their Facebook link.



3. YIRRA YAAKIN FAMILY PICNIC
This picnic will take place on 28th March at the Subiaco Arts Centre Theatre Gardens. There will be live music and you can enjoy samples of kangaroo stew, damper and face painting for the children and adults.

You can chat with the Yirra Yaakin team under the stars and become part of their community. You will also be able to buy tickets for their upcoming shows at a discounted price.

Bring your picnic as well as drinks - this is a free event where all are welcome. It is supported by the City of Subiaco.

You can find out more and make a booking on their Facebook page.



4. FREE FILM FRIDAY - THE LAST TASMANIAN
This movie will be on 29th March at Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 12 Captains Lane, Fremantle. The Tasmanians were once isolated from Australia and the rest of the world for 12,000 years. In 1803, British colonisation began and in 1876, Truganini died. She was the last full-blood and tribal Tasmanian Aboriginal.

The Last Tasmanian is a movie that was released in 1978, and it is a very moving and finely made work. It has been credited by historians for altering Australian perceptions of the colonial past. The movie follows the work of Dr Rhys Jones, archaeologist and anthropologist, in his search to learn about the life and death of the Tasmanian Aborigines.

You can see more about this event and book your tickets at this Facebook page.



5. WEAVING WONDERS - ABORIGINAL COIL WEAVING
This one will be on 24th March at the Earthwise Community, 315 Bagot Road, Subiaco. Join Lea Taylor for a few hours of learning this art. You will be taught the ancient art of Aboriginal Coil Weaving and create your basket using natural and hand dyed raffia. The workshop will go for three hours and is for women aged 16 years and older. It is suitable for those who have never done this craft before as well as those who have done some weaving.

The cost is $75, all materials will be provided and you can get your tickets here.



6. FREE FILM FRIDAY - SISTERS, PEARLS AND MISSION GIRLS
This will be on 22nd March at Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 12 Captains Lane, Fremantle. The movie is about a group of young Irish nuns who came ashore in one of Australia's most rugged and inhospitable regions - the far northwest. They were to civilise and evangelise the local Aboriginal women and children.

A very fascinating movie, you can register at this link.



7. DJERAN CULTURAL WALK AT BATHER'S BEACH PRECINCT
This will be on 6th and 13th April starting at Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Captains Lane, Fremantle. You can join Justin Martin for a walk through the local Bather's Beach precinct. The walk will include the roundhouse, and you will hear all about the local significance of the area for Nyoongar people while learning about bush tucker, animals, insects and the seasons.

Tickets cost $25, and you can read more and book for this event on their Facebook page.



8. TRIBAL FIRE CEREMONY
This will be held on 19th April, and you can read more about it on their website. The cost is $180/pp and there are limited spaces available. This is an intimate event where the amount of people attending is capped at 80 participants - 40 men and 40 women. It will be on from Friday evening to Sunday midday.



9. THE DREAMING
The Dreaming will be on 30th April at Replants.com, 96 Wray Ave, Fremantle. It will be about:

Conscious creating
Dreaming
Journeying
Singing
Sounding

It will open to the possibilities of who you really are and connect with the mystery and more. You can read more about this event on their Facebook page.
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Why? For Aboriginal inspired activities and workshops
When: From March to April 2019
Where: Around Perth
Cost: Varies, see article
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