'Mentoring for Women' Painting by Debbie Brydon

 Mentoring for women

‘Winga’ – Wiradjuri language from the Lachlan area

  • To sit down 
  • Rest so that one may live

The Elders have been our ‘Mentors’ and by listening and learning from them we have been able to hand down our knowledge and learnings to the next generation.

In Aboriginal culture we have been taught from an early age to look after and care for those in need and each other. This may be in the form of offering emotional, spiritual and physical assistance. We gather together and sit down and listen to each other, (we call this a ‘Yarn Up’).

We are visual learners and communicate through art and dance. In ‘Winga’ there are two sides to the story. On one side, we have the traditional smaller country communities and on the other, we have the large urban cities. We have women in both of the communities sitting, taking rest and teaching younger ones about life and family traditions.

Even though most of us are busy in whatever area we live or work in, we need to always go back to our smaller communities to regenerate and revitalise our spirits and get back to family values and traditions (e.g. footprints going back and forth).

The land and the river play a major part in our survival as Aboriginal people. We are part of the land, we care for it! We know the land and it knows us therefore we don’t remove anything from it. We respect it, (the green dots represent this).

In Aboriginal culture we have strong spiritual beliefs which were instilled in us by our ‘Mentors”, from an early age and we are continuing to grow, (ie the story is passed down and is ongoing). 

 

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