Becoming a teacher to support and progress your people and the next generation is a powerful way to make a difference. By sharing your knowledge and experiences, you can help preserve and promote cultural heritage. It’s heartening to know that people like Aunty Cheryl now have the opportunity as an adult and educator to do so, especially considering that in the past, culture was often silenced.
Cheryl Moggs is an amazing Indigenous leader who is multi-talented with a gift of teaching.
You may not know this, but Cheryl is the artist behind the winning 2018 NAIDOC Artwork, ‘tarmunggie – woman,’ which supported the NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her: We Can!’
Aunty Chery has a Facebook page called Tarmunggie
I was honoured to ask Aunty Cheryl what she most wants people to know this NAIDOC week.
‘As an artist, people ask me why I do things I do. Because our weaving, dance, any sort of culture, by First Nations peoples is very important. So, we’re trying to move forward for the youth for the next generation. The whole focus has been a teacher for me is why do you do things? That’s why I became a teacher for the same reason we’re here today is to support and progress our people and the next generation because we never had the opportunity. Because in my time, culture was silence. So now I have the opportunity as an adult and as a teacher to do that, and that’s why I do things and love same.’
‘Arts & yarning is what I love to do because when we sit around, we could be anywhere on the riverbank or just here. I just have a yarn and listen. We learn a lot and things, so easy, that’s our model of communication traditionally, around the yarning circle, well, that’s where all the rules were, or behavior and law all lots of stuff happening.’
‘Come and talk to us because we want to talk with you. We want to move forward with you. We want to do it together.’
‘Let me share on my story about the Coolamon. The Coolamon bag comes from our trees which we call scar trees. It’s made by our men and gifted to our women. This Coolamon and bag in the exhibition represents birth. Our women actually carry our babies in it. The collective is all about our generation, our next generation of children. So, this Coolamon that’s taken from scar trees on our country. We still carry our culture and knowledge and recognise that it’s also our babies that we’re taking with us for the next generation to pass down knowledge so they can be strong and connected where we was and so it’s our responsibility then to keep them strong connected.’
Thank you, Aunty Cheryl.