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Water Management

  • Owner:
    Pat Forster
  • Location:
    Western Australia
  • Maker:
    Pat Forster
  • Pattern:
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 78cm
    Width: 79cm


Third quilt of the triptych 'CELEBRATE THE CULTURE OF AUSTRALIA’S FIRST PEOPLE 2', made for the Mount Magnet Astro Rocks Fest, September 2019. Exhibited at the Wirnda Barna (Aboriginal) Canvas and Quilt Exhibition.


The quilt celebrates the traditional knowledge and custodianship of water resources by Aboriginal people, on which their survival depended.
Text on the quilt, starting at the top:
- holistic view of water land sky nature, kinship group ownership and responsibility
- moved camp to optimise water use, knowledge transferred between generations
- creation Dreaming, songlines that link waterholes, star maps for songlines, ceremony ritual lore, Dreaming that conveys a moral
- rivers creeks lakes, gnammas, soaks with wells, springs, flooded claypans, river waterhole, waterholding frogs, trees
- vessels, purification
- symbols, language



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