Healing is carried out in many forms. I chose to weave a basket. I finished one basket and then there were two. Stitch by stitch until I felt alright. Each stitch weaving a story of a family member who was a special part of my life. The baskets tell a story of a strong matriarchal woman. The feather flowers attributed to a storyline handed down through many generations.
As a Wadi Wadi, Yorta Yorta and Ngarrindgeri artist, Aunty Glenda Nicholls grew up around the Swan Hill area. Glenda watched her mother and Grandmother make feather flowers and do basket weaving. Her cultural name is Jule Yarra Minj (‘little river girl’) and her maternal Ngarrindjeri totem is the Writcharuki (willy-willy wagtail). She is a master weaver, constructing elaborate sculptural works that connect the present with her ancestral past. She applies cultural weaving techniques acquired from her ancestors alongside intimate knowledge of the waterways, plants and grasses on her Country. She believes in community, as it will share these traditions with future generations. Her work is represented in the Koorie Heritage Trust Collection.