More About Ingrid & Kate
I have been living part time on Rorruwuy Homeland Community in North East Arnhemland since 2009. Through living as a family member during that time I have been taught much about Yolngu culture by the people of Rorruwuy and the surrounding communities. As well as learning Yolngu language, medicine, ceremony, food gathering and preparation, I have been privileged to learn all facets of traditional Yolngu weaving practice. Returning to my other home in Tamban on the boarder of Gumbaynggirr and Dhungatti country, Mid-North Coast NSW, I have worked to translate my learning to the plants available in this environment. The above photo is of myself & my dhuway (husband’s sister) – Yangalukpoi.
I have a deep passion and love for indigenous basket making techniques and the use of plant based materials. I have learnt basketry in the USA as well as here in Australia. 7 years ago I was adopted into a Yolngu family brimming with gifted basket makers living on The Mäpuru Homelands Community in North-East Arnhem Land, NT. I have been mentored in indigenous Australian basketry techniques ever since. Every year through the Nature Philosophy Workshops I take a group of Western women into the community to learn basket making, bush foods, language and culture. I am really passionate about adapting these skills to our local plant communities as I see offering these workshops as a way to bring this traditional wisdom into my local community. The above picture is of me with my beautiful Yolngu Mum, Roslyn Malngumba.