I hope this glass story captures the profound beauty of the Northeast Coast of Tasmania, Tebrukunna Country the land of our ancestor Mannalargenna. As a Palawa women on a journey to embrace my connection with our family lineage to Mannalargenna (d 1835) one of Tasmania’s most revered Indigenous leaders who died in exile from his homeland Tebrukunna (Cape Portland), he initially led guerrilla-style attacks against the British Settlers before shifting his role to that of negotiator, the story is one of survival and resilience. When you put your feet upon the sand, on the ground our ancestors walked on, peace and beauty envelope your mind and soul and we feel compelled to pay homage to the people of the oldest living culture in the world, to our Elders who laid the path for the future with courage, and we gratefully accept the knowledge bequeathed to us.
We went on Country in December 2022 for Mannalargenna Day which is a commemoration day for descendants of family and friends to come together to share knowledge and traditions. Art and traditions give colour to our lives and create a link to our past and it is up to us to continue sharing that knowledge with those along side us and those to come. May you gather shells and stories within your family to be a continuous string.
My creative medium is lead lighting which I have not practiced for a while, years ago I created leadlight for our home and a few projects for others and recently I started to rekindle this happy experience by joining the First Nations Workshops through Glass Inc. at Melbourne Polytechnic. It is a rewarding journey with the opportunity to discover what you can create in the glass art world.
Art and traditions give colour to our lives and create a link to our past and it is up to us to continue sharing that knowledge with those along side us and those to come. So, as I come to know more of my past with my Tasmanian Aboriginal family ties, I find the need to tell of the beauty of the land through glass landscapes I find joyful, and I hope those looking upon this scene feel a true connection to the sand and the sea.