The Earth Is Kind - Foods, Fishing and Hunting
No-one taught me to make my baskets. I used to watch my mother do it and when she put her basket down and went outside, I’d pick it up and do some stitches. When I heard her coming back, I would shove it away real quick and run away. I was a great one for sitting amongst the old people because I knew I was learning something just by watching them.
My mum told me we were coming into the white people's way of living. So she wouldn't teach us. That is why we lost a lot of culture. But I tricked her and I watched those old people and I sneaked a stitch or two.
CONNIE HART Gunditjmara
Puung'ort (Spear grass)
35 x 21 x 5 cm
Koorie Heritage Trust AH0872
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