In Bunbury CAN worked with the descendents of the Hill, Bennell and Collard families to honour their relatives’ journey from the farming town of Pingelly to their traditional home country around Burekup and Bunbury. This was an intergenerational arts and storytelling workshop program that celebrated the journey of the family, involving the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Charles and Rachel Hill (both deceased). CAN ran eco-dyeing, blanket-making, textile and photo-sharing workshops with the families to craft handmade baby blankets. The blankets were decorated with fabric photo prints featuring members of their family past and present – beautiful keepsakes that tell their stories.
To capture the overarching family story, the participants identified 12 significant locations that held many personal memories. These locations tell the story of their families’ journey away from racism, oppression and government polices related to the Stolen Generation. The families and CAN then embarked on a two-day family reunion to visit each location with a professional photographer who documented the journey. CAN produced a publication compiling the stories of this journey alongside the stunning collection of images of the descendants of Charles and Rachel Hill at each of the 12 significant locations.
“I felt very privileged to have gone on my mother and aunties’ journey, which was very emotional. How they have survived living off the land and all the hard struggles they have faced shows me how strong my family is and who I am today and I will pass it on to my children.”
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