Another feather in her cap

Wood Wood artist Glenda Nicholls will achieve a lifetime ambition next month when the Koorie Heritage Trust Inc (KHT) hold an exhibit of her works in Melbourne. 

Weaving the Waterways: Women and Fishing pays tribute to the role indigenous women played in creating the tools used for fishing the Murray River, with each piece telling a story of Aboriginal culture and beliefs.

Ms Nicholls said she was delighted to showcase her work with the heritage trust.

"My family has a long affiliation with the KHT and I'd always wanted to do an exhibition about women and fishing so this was the perfect opportunity," she said.

Ms Nicholls will have a total of 37 pieces on display from her weaving and feather work collections.

"In keeping with the net weaving vision given to me by my ancestors, I have made three cloaks that represent a rite of passage to country.

"The cloaks are representative of my mother and father's people that lived along the Murray River, extending from Yorta Yorta country through to Swan Hill, stretching right across the country to the Coorong region in South Australia.

"As I progressed in creating the cloaks it dawned on me that these cloaks represented a woman's rite of passage," she said.

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