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Ponawi Yarning

Goal: Ponawi Yarning is focused on using video to record Ngarrindjeri cultural stories shared during traditional activities. Ponawi is a Ngarrindjeri word for 'death. This word is rarely utter because of its meaning, and in the Indigenous community, the passing of many Elders affects the whole community. In this case, some Ngarrindjeri community members experience losing someone who felt isolated and often, mental stress follows. The Ponawi Yarning hopes to focus on providing continuing support to affected families through creative social engagement and community gathering. Cultural activities like the Ngarrindjeri weaving and feather flower art-making will alleviate the loneliness and yarning during creative gathering provide a space for shared storytelling. Ponawi Yarning is aimed at providing creative gathering activities to Ngarrindjeri Elders who have lost their closest family member and their family. Weaving and Feather flower art-making hope to alleviate the loneliness and isolation and provide a shared space for healing and to deal with ponawi.

The weaving and feather flower art-making are traditional activities involving gathering the materials at various places. Although, the proposed activities are not new. It is a way of connecting the Elders and their family back to the land, with the outcome to support the mind and well-being of affected community members physically.

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The written book is progressing slowly.
 
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Thank you Awesome Foundation.
 
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Stories behind weaving and pelican feathers are coming soon.
 
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Successfully received a small grant to support our workshop for Ponawi Yarning from The Awesome Foundation (https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en)
 
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Ponawi Yarning is focused on using video to record Ngarrindjeri cultural stories shared during traditional activities. Ponawi is a Ngarrindjeri word for 'death. This word is rarely utter because of its meaning, and in the Indigenous community, the passing of many Elders affects the whole community. In this case, some Ngarrindjeri community members experience losing someone who felt isolated and often, mental stress follows. The Ponawi Yarning hopes to focus on providing continuing support to affected families through creative social engagement and community gathering. Cultural activities like the Ngarrindjeri weaving and feather flower art-making will alleviate the loneliness and yarning during creative gathering provide a space for shared storytelling. Ponawi Yarning is aimed at providing creative gathering activities to Ngarrindjeri Elders who have lost their closest family member and their family. Weaving and Feather flower art-making hope to alleviate the loneliness and isolation and provide a shared space for healing and to deal with ponawi.
The weaving and feather flower art-making are traditional activities involving gathering the materials at various places. Although, the proposed activities are not new. It is a way of connecting the Elders and their family back to the land, with the outcome to support the mind and well-being of affected community members physically.