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  • Aunty Irene Norman Aunty Irene Norman (Wailwan, Djadjawurrung), Decorated Womens' Healing Mat

Aunty Irene Norman (Wailwan, Djadjawurrung), Decorated Womens' Healing Mat

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raffia, emu feathers, gum nuts, 2023


This type of mat is used in healing rituals.


Artist Bio:

Aunty Irene Norman – proud Wailwan/Djadjawurrung woman and Mullum Mullum Elder.

Winner of the Arts In Maroondah Resiliency Award in 2021 for reading her uplifting poetry on Social Media during Lockdown.

Aunty Irene teaches traditional weaving to community members and in schools. She has exhibited her weaving and other Art for the past 8 years at The Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square, and had exhibitions at the 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy, REALM at Eastlands and Federation Estate, Ringwood.

She is a Cultural Educator and works with KESOs (Koorie Education Support Officers) teaching both pupils and teachers in Australian history, Culture and Traditions within Primary and Secondary schools.

She works with youth groups and holds cultural workshops with the Council.

Aunty Irene is also a founding member of Yeng Gali Mullum Singers (previously the Mullum Mullum Choir) and writes some of the songs that the group sings.

She is, and has been, on several Community Service Committees, where she gives important feedback for the improvement of services to the Aboriginal Community, including EACH CACCC and RAP, and Maroondah Council RAP. And a poet.