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Bana Bulmba

Nicole Chatfield (nee Enoch)

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Water is a sacred part of our lore, our traditional owner responsibility, our history, and our everyday lives.

Yirrganydji people have a special cultural connection to sea country. The management of sea country is as equally important as freshwater to us, with the sea seen as an extension of the land incorporating rights and cultural responsibilities. Protecting our water landscapes (surface and ground) in northern Australia has always been a high priority for our survival and more so today, a cultural obligation. We not only use our water for our physical wellbeing but in ceremonies, to grow medicines, and for cleansing and purification.  Aboriginal women are “Carriers of the Water” and so are the inheritors of water knowledge and its protection. Water is provided by Mother Earth. We are birthed in Water. Water is sacred.

Collection: Re-Purposed denim jeans and denim jeans tops adorned with elements of Yirrganydji Country, earrings re-purposed demin, neckpieces recycled industrial plastic, cord, hardware nut and woven baskets from natural fibres and string


"WATER IS SACRED" launches:

Friday 22nd August


Livestreamed via the CIAF Facebook page - (full photo gallery & videos will be available here also)

Studio Photography: Photo Corner

Location Photography: Lovegreen Photography

Designer: Nicole Chatfield (nee Enoch)

I come from a strong family of Aboriginal woman and I create to stay grounded and continue the proud connection to my Aboriginality.  I am a proud Yirrganydji women from Far North Queensland (Cairns to Port Douglas) and Nughi from Moongalpin (Moreton Island) and have strong family kinship to Minjerriba (North Stradbroke Island).  I do also acknowledge my other connections to Kalkadoon (Kalkatungu/Gangalidda, KuKu Typan, Umpila and Kaanju People.

I am Goompi’s Girl. The name “Goompi” was proudly handed down to me by my Dad, who was given this name by his elders of North Stradbroke Island.  Born and raised in Cairns I moved to Brisbane in 1999 to study at the Queensland College of Art.

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