A radical life changing story of how a woman walks away from her 'norm' seeking ancient knowledge first from the Aboriginal Australians and then finding her path being steered towards Tibetan Buddhism.
I would NEVER buy Australian Aboriginal art from a shop!! It’s usually made in China from Aboriginal designs which is such a shame because there is ORIGINAL ARTWORK to purchase where you get to meet the people who are passionate about their culture and their art. Or shops sell Aboriginal artwork at increased prices and give the artist a small commission. When you buy directly from the Aboriginal artist you give them 100% of the money!
It was such a delight to meet Garth and Edith at the Cairns beachside markets. They proudly shared their amazing Austalian Aboriginal artwork and I was inspired to stay in contact with them.
The Native Creations team are descendants of the Guru-Gulu Gungandji and Djabugay Aboriginal clans. They create amazing authentic handcrafted Aboriginal art including the usual boomerangs, clapsticks and didgeridoos.
But they also have some original Australian Aboriginal artwork that I’ve never seen before in shops such as fire sticks.
“Fire sticks come from the beach hibiscus. I also make the traditional fire stick holder. Use pandanus leaves to wrap and press bees wax to stick it. Decorate it with red sandalwood seeds or giddy giddy. This keeps the fire stick dry.”
Bush string comes off the bark off the same tree as the sap. Strip, platt and roll it to make bush string or rope or fishing line. Why do we even bother with hardware stores? 🙂
So, when you’re travelling through Babinda (a popular free camping spot for caravans and backpackers in Queensland) stop in and see Native Creations Australian Aboriginal artwork and meet the lovely Garth and Estelle!
Located in Babinda, just south of Cairns, Native Creations is a family-run business owned by Garth Murgha (muka) and Estelle Tranby (yoongali).
Here’s their website – just in case you missed it above. 🙂