The Wake Up Time Weavers formed in 2003 in response to concerns by local Aboriginal women and Buttery counsellors about drug and alcohol problems in the Casino Aboriginal community. The women decided that art, and in particular weaving, would act as a means of meditation and therapy for them. Since 2011, the Healing Foundation has been working with INTRA, The Buttery’s outreach program, to provide financial support to the group.
What’s the program about?
The group was created out of a need to address Domestic Violence within the community 10 years ago by Aunty Phillis Torrens, she has now passed. Her daughters and granddaughters and nieces now attend the group.
Here is a comment by Lauren Jarrett, a Bundjalung, Gumbayngaree and Dunghutti woman, and counsellor at The Buttery’s INTRA outreach program:
“It is a way of renewing culture and essential in healing the effects of dispossession and the stolen generation. The women ‘walk the land’ retracing the steps of their great grandmothers and connecting with the environment while feeding the spirit as they search for pandanus, lomandra and other local materials to use in their craft.”
The women practice their culture and are passing it on again within their family’s and through fortnightly visits to the Casino High School where the women teach and mentor a group of local Aboriginal girls through weaving.
The project aims to:
- Improve skills and confidence, cultural connections and cultural pride
- Improve the status of the participants in their community and improve their capacity to participate in work and economic activity
- Revitalise traditional culture
- Improve intra- and inter- personal skills
How’s the program going?
From Casino to Sydney the fashion debut of the Wake Up Time weavers
In early 2014 the Wake Up Time Weavers premiered their beautiful hand woven and dyed pieces at Australian Indigenous Fashion Week. We talked to the women about the group, their community and the collection.
The Buttery has been serving the Northern Rivers region of NSW since 1973. It is the largest provider of drug, alcohol and gambling counselling in the area and it operates a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center near Bangalow.
The Wake Up Time Weavers in the news.
Please see below a collection of news stories about the weavers and their activities.
The Buttery’s website: http://www.buttery.org.au/