Koorie Heritage Trust
The more than 400 Koorie artists represented in the collections held at the Koorie Heritage Trust Melbourne, epitomise the diversity of Koorie art and culture that exists across Victoria. Glenda Andrew (Nicholls), a Wati Wati artist from Swan Hill, talks about why she creates feather craft:
‘I learnt feather-craft at an early age by watching my mother make feather flowers. This craft is important to me because it was handed down from generation to generation and the craft modernized over the years, which shows the diversity of a traditional craft and Aboriginal cultural change through time.’ Glenda Andrew (Nicholls), 2009.
Tracing the evolution of Koorie art and culture from traditional times, historic times and the present day, the Koorie Heritage Trust is the custodian of an extensive collection of over 2,700 pre-contact, historic and contemporary artefacts, 900 artworks, 48,000 photographs, 1,600 oral histories, and over 6000 books and rare documents. The collections are unique as they focus solely on the Aboriginal cultures of South-Eastern Australia.