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Cassie Leatham (Daungwurrung/Djaara), Safe Passage

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bush dyed lomandra, 2023


‘If only Trees Can Talk’ the story’s these significant trees hold within could share insight of the past for the reflection in the present, for us to remember our old ways and how important Country is for us to survive, they too have survived and still stand strong but carry the scars and memories within. This Clay story pot is of an old River red gum along the river banks where ochre and pipeclay is present, the fallen branch that blew down in strong winds was like a book turning its pages, some stories and memories fall away but this Doormalang story pot is the replica of the branch that was manipulated for the direction of water and signal of significant sites that give direction and continue to guide us back to Country. Doormalang means grandmother and with her strength and resilience that still continues to inspire and keep our culture visual in these big old trees.


Artist Bio:

Cassie Leatham is a Multidisciplinary artist of the Daungwurrung and Djaara peoples of the Kulin Nation. Cassie is a master weaver, bushtukka and cultural educator and an award winning artist that has had her works acquired by the KHT collections, NGV, Town Hall gallery, Melb Magistrates courts, and private collections world wide. Cassie has exhibited her works nationally and internationally and has a passion to share knowledge and skills in a variety of mediums with workshops to break down barriers and give non Indigenous peoples experiences to understand and connect with her culture.