Revisiting the Possum Skin Cloaks
‘Revisiting the Possum Skin Cloaks – community stories and social impact’ brings together a strong team led by Gunditjmara artist, scholar and cultural leader Vicki Couzens, photo/filmmaker PhD researcher Jody Haines, and Marnie Badham as an expert in participatory evaluation. This project aims to capture the community legacy of Vicki’s cultural reclamation work from the 2006 Possum Skin Cloak project as part of the Commonwealth Games by understanding the impact on communities who were initially involved. Documentation of this work (ie portraits of community leaders wearing their cloaks at the Games) have become forms of cultural heirloom shared at family events and funerals. Together, we will revisit the communities employing Vicki’s ‘first peoples first’ methodology to understand the impact, significance and value of cultural and language reclamation work. Video interviews will be completed in the lead up to the September Possum Cloak Ceremony at the March 2020 Eel Festival and will be given back to community and archived by Vicki in culturally appropriate approaches focused on community ownership.
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