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Arts North West | Rivers to Ridges

Arts North West, through their Aboriginal Culture Support Program, has visited Tenterfield to record stories of Elders as a part of a series of documentaries for Rivers to Ridges, and the stories in between project. The project is funded by the Federal Government’s Indigenous Languages and Arts Program.

Rivers to Ridges and the stories in between, gathers and documents the stories of Elders, Artists and the Aboriginal history of the New England North West in multimedia format. It provides Aboriginal Artists the opportunity to translate and share the stories with the broader community through workshops across our region over two years.

Lead artist for the Tenterfield component of the project is well known Elder, Aunty Ronella Jerome, better known as Dolly. Dolly has been working with Creative Consultant/Project Manager, Lorrayne Riggs, Arts North West Aboriginal Arts Officer and Film Maker, Brendan Blacklock from Blacklock media, in preparation for recording the stories of other local Elders including Helen Duroux, Rod McIntosh, Grace Binge and Glen Innes’ Adele Chapman-Burgess.

“Recording our stories is something I am very passionate about, it is paramount for the preservation of our cultural knowledge.” says Aunty Dolly Jerome.

Lorrayne Riggs, Project Manager says “this is the first time that we know of where the stories recorded will be focused on the unique cultural value of our region. Too often Aboriginal culture from NSW is not valued as highly as in our neighbouring states.By translating and sharing the stories from our region we are able to show the world that Aboriginal culture is alive, important and highly valued in the New England of NSW.”

The project team spent a week in Tenterfield filming, with filming in Tamworth, Narrabri and Moree to occur later in the year.

For more information on Rivers to Ridges, contact the Arts North West Aboriginal Arts Officer Lorrayne Riggs on 0467 668 977.