To celebrate Reconciliation Week and its theme “Don’t Keep History a Mystery” The Hut Community Centre, in partnership with Adelaide Hills Community Centre’s, hosted an evening with Peramangk Elder Ivan Tiwu Copley. Uncle Ivan shared stories on local histories, stories, language and culture of the Peramangk people. It was attended with great interest and by many community members new to The Hut. One participant said “I really appreciated hearing Ivan’s stories and it has helped me feel more connected to the fully history of the Hills.” Participants have asked for more activities like this. One said; “This would help me to be able to teach my kids of the bigger history and importance of where we live.” The Hut is committed to continuing to build connections with local Aboriginal communities, facilitating meaningful activities that share and celebrate culture and to continue to develop programs that support social and community connection. Stay tuned for more details.
Massaman Vegetable Curry with Srey
The June edition of Community Cook Up in which Hills locals share family recipes, stories and a meal was another success.
Srey is a busy mum and yoga teacher who knows the importance of a quick, tasty and nutritious meal! She shared a special one pot vegetarian recipe inspired by her Cambodian Australian family with a group of eager people. She often cooks large pots of this delicious, mild curry and delivers it to neighbours and friends to share the love.
Weaving With Janice
Janice Rigney is a Boandik Elder who first learnt to weave with her grandmother at age 9. She is a member of the Southern Elders Weaving Group and will be sharing her skills and knowledge in weaving using reeds and contemporary raffia.
Janice runs workshops in weaving across Adelaide with all age groups. Janice says ‘I like to weave because its relaxing and a way to communicate with other people and cultures. It’s a chance to hand down the culture to future generations. For example I teach my granddaughters just like my grandmother taught me to keep the culture alive.’ At her workshop she was joined by her daughter and fellow weaver Lorna Collinson, a Ngarrindjeri and Boadick woman.
A relaxed talk by guest speaker followed by a bite to eat afterwards. This month the conversation is about “Blackbirding” a little known history of Australia in which, tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders were taken to Australia to work on plantations in Queensland, often by force or trickery. The presentation was made by Dr David Bunton and Helen Stacy Bunton.
Parents and kids alike loved this special National Science Week family event, with science talks by South Australian Tall Poppy Award winning scientists. This was held at both Woorabinda in Stirling for the kids, which they totally found exciting and a load of fun. For the older kids it was held at The Hut Community Centre.
A group of people who were interested in how to save on their energy bill came along to hear and discuss about how they could use and take control of their energy bills to save them money. The guest speaker was Jen Dunkley who is an Energy Advisor from Financial Inclusion for Uniting Communities.
Allison Reynolds came along and taught first timers in the community how to make there very own marmalade to take home. Also they had a chance to enter into the Australian Marmalade Awards. Alison is a culinary historian who is passionate about marmalade, tea and Anzac biscuits. She is a judge and planning committee member for the Australian Marmalade Awards.
MK Cutters Stylists in partnership with The Hut Community Centre gave a 1 hour hairdressing session for Dads and Daughters just in time for Fathers Day.
Community Cook Up – Sushi with Yuki in the Hills
The team from Yuki in the Hills gave the chance for a group of people to learn the basics of sushi making and then they shared a meal of sushi together.
The word Medieval conjures up images of Europe, the United Kingdoms, Wizards, Knights, a time of magic and influence. When libraries are filmed they usually have the “Old English” library with books that are older than ever and are covered in dust. The older the book the more mysticism and secrets it appears to have. Make yourself a journal for writing, or art diary for illustration, or just have it on your book shelf. In this workshop you will learn the basics of book binding, how they get those ridges on the spine and the delight of making something with your own hands.
This workshop people were able to make there own Fused Glass Jewellery.
The group found it fun and enjoyable in creating a one of a kind pendant using murine, dots, glass strips and stringers.
The piece’s were then kiln fired and ready for them to wear and show off to friends and family the following week.
Barefoot for Bandicoot’s
Hills residents joined Ivan-Tiwu Copley for a momentous bush walk, cultural and environmental education experience at the Ironbank retreat ‘Hideyhole’, Sunday 21st October. Copley shared stories about the life of Peramangk peoples in the area from pre-colonial era to present day. He spoke of different plant uses and about his own life growing up with his family on country. He stated that access to country remains a challenge for Aboriginal people and that this was the first opportunity for a Peramangk Elder to entre the Hideyhole valley for more than 100 years. Following the walk and storytelling community cooked damper on the campfire, shared picnic lunches and mingled. Community in attendance described the event as ‘knowledge enhancing’ and a ‘beautiful day’ with ‘a friendly and nurturing atmosphere’.
Jasmine Packer, Gus Nathan and Ori Packer, who hosted the event on their property in partnership with The Hut Community Centre, are passionate about providing the community with opportunities to experience and learn about nature. Their project raises funds that are used to regenerate the bandicoot habitat along Coat Creek. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/Hideyhole-193255307946078/