Exploring Australia’s Indigenous watercraft

Next May the museum will host a two day conference called Nawi – Exploring Australia’s Indigenous watercraft.  Over this past year the Nawi team at the museum have been busily planning for the conference and during this time have connected with people all over Australia working on a wide range of canoe building projects. The more we hear about these amazing projects, the more and more excited we are about coming together at the conference to explore the craft.

Daina, Steve and Rachel with the Gamedi Bark Canoe from the ANMM collection

Daina, Steve and Rachel with the Gamedi Bark Canoe from the ANMM collection

A few weeks ago we met up with Steve Brereton and Rachel Piercy, who are working on a canoe building project in Gathang Country (Forster -Mid North Coast NSW).  As part of their project they will document the construction of a stringy bark canoe and explore many aspects of the craft from production and use. We’re looking forward to seeing the results!

In the new year we’ll confirm the Nawi conference program and also announce the first round of early bird conference registrations, so keep an eye out for that.

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