Kowanyama hosted its inaugural culture and arts festival during the early dry season of 2019.
The festival honoured and celebrated the cultural heritage of this remote community with a series of film nights, presentations, exhibitions, traditional ceremony and other cultural activities.
The posts below show some of the programs and activities that ocurred
These programs have continued to grow and fresh initiatives are developing from these
We're now looking at Instagram and IGTV to supplement our Facebook presence so we can continue the transmission of traditional knowledge and contemporary practices of the Place of Many Waters
It's been 30 years since Changing Channels was produced. This collaborative project from 1989 was revisited at the 2019 Ngethn o' culture and arts festival in Kowanyama. This local event with global reach, gathered together a community under the stars and by the fire, to watch this retrospective documentary.
Beautiful smartphone video has been reveived and logged. This fun challenge is open to anyone that can get their hands on a phone with a camera. The newer smartphones have 4K resolution and while that is good it's not necessary for capturing footage that will find it's way into a video clip. The aim is to enrich the story in Archie's recording of Many Waters Rise. This is a song about Kowanyama, it's people and their unique relationship with the surrounding waters - of which there are many!
Traditional Bone, Stone and Shell Tools
Experience the art and science behind the manufacturing process
Share in the knowledge with craftsmen about traditional technology
Skill and use of shell and bone woodworking tools
A whole workshop dedicated to the creation stories of the stone axe and its use
Drawings , paintings, prints and traditional works from Kowanyama local arts and crafts community will be on show and for sale during the festival
This contemporary arts exhibition project will provide training for local artists and project workers to develop their presentation, marketing and exhibition management skills
It will produce and contribute to high-quality arts and cultural activity with the local community in order to stimulate economic growth and innovation, increase workforce participation, conserve heritage and develop art networks and markets for individual artists
Sales of artworks will be available at the exhibition and online. We will feature the exhibited works in an online gallery shop with the information about the participating artists for the duration of the exhibition and beyond
Monies from the sale of works will go directly to the artist and the Kowanyama Project Campaign Commission of 25% will be added to the artist’s asking price to support the work of the Culture and Research Centre
Kowanyama Collection Museum Tours
NEWS UPDATE opening of recently repatriated object taken from a story place
on the mouth of the South Mitchell in 1919
Current and historical local works by Kowanyama artists
Thawvl wedvln - A contemporary sculptural work to be developed by Kowanyama weavers
and visiting artists that will be exhibited at Townsville's Strand Ephemera in late July 2019
The opening and formal meeting of the John Atherton Family Collection of Mitchell River Wommeras.
Outdoor screenings: under the stars and by an open fire
A retrospective series of documentaries and media about Kowanyama
Featuring found footage of elder Jerry Mission with stories in language now lost
Traditional Bone, Stone and Shell Tool manufacture
Monitoring cultural heritage
WOVEN Tracks is about to take on board new Content Creatives as students from Kowanyama State School Secondary campus embark on a challenge - TO GET PUBLISHED
Guided by Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards and fine-tuned by technical and creative achievements of their own, students are taking aim at their own remote community The concept is to concentrate on texture and pattern Think outside the box
Learning in the Digital Technologies program at school will focus on ... well ... focus Keeping it sharp Students will use an allocated tablet device if working on assignments from school When working on the project off-campus and from home then smartphone devices will be employed Both devices can be used to upload work for submission to WOVEN Tracks Please refer to Entry Rules
In the meantime, students are encouraged to study up and research what it is that makes a photograph compelling Hit the internet people - there are some amazing YouTube vloggers out there that love to show the world how to create Maybe you'll be next! Stay tuned there's more Photography Challenges on the way - next one is across Cape York to the eastern side (Hint: OTK)
Kub Murri traditional ground oven cooking
Demonstrations of local traditional cooking techniques
Healthy foods and cooking from the Community Garden
Healthy People, Food, Country and Culture stall
A thankful celebration of all that has been gained and given
Community members young and old and everyone in between using new media to tell our stories
Collated in to one portal for the world to see - a local event with global reach
We love gettin' in the paper!
Vandy Beasley is at home on the sea.
The goal: build a facility worthy of this significant collection
Doreen, Cassie and Hazel in front of the recently built traditional shelter in Kowanyama . Photo: Tom Hearn
Malcolm Possum is into maintenance - community & culture
Our local event with global reach