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Red Poles and Spinning Yarns Aboriginal Arts Festival

01 Jun 2019 - 02 Jun 2019
Next Occurrence : 01 Jun 2019
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Red Poles and Spinning Yarns, an annual Aboriginal arts festival represents many elements over two days including an arts market representing stall holders from communities throughout South Australia held in a marquee on the lawns at Red Poles with demonstrations of various crafts including weaving, basket making and traditional ‘punu ‘ wood burning.

A Kaurna smoking ceremony and cleansing prepares the place for the event and creates a unique experience for visitors through story telling and calls in ancestors to help and heal the space. A cultural dance performance by Tal Kin Jeri Dance Troupe completes the picture. An Aboriginal inspired menu offers local and regional herbs used for thousands of years.

An exhibition features the Stringy bark tree , used by the Kaurna people and other Aboriginal language groups, for its branches, leaves, bark and wood collating a variety of responses and associations to the tree .

Children from McLaren Vale Primary School have produced with support from Micky Barlow (Kokatha artist) and Rebecca Collard, Aboriginal Education Officer at McLaren Vale Primary School, smaller leaves creating an ‘inter-generational showcase’.

These events give a rich layered experience with memorable, quality Aboriginal experiences, thus enhancing the understanding of this ancient culture.




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