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Due to unforeseen circumstances the Caretaker sadly needs to be cancelled. Thank you for your understanding!

The Caretaker: a yarn about the way Victorian First Peoples read, connect and care for cultural heritage.

The Caretaker is a curated discussion that focuses on Indigenous bushtucker as an integral element in carrying cultural heritage between generations of Victoria’s Traditional Owners. Considering food the fulcrum to burgeoning discussion on ancient connections to Melbourne’s natural environment, this event gives space for a public discussion, as led by Elders of the Kulin Nations, on methods of growing, harvesting and cooking local bushtuckers. In doing so, The Caretaker open doors to personal stories held by Melbourne’s Traditional Owner’s on Victoria’s natural geography, and their role as caretakers for Country.

The Caretaker: a yarn about the way Victorian First Peoples read, connect and care for cultural heritage will first discuss foods prominent in the Victorian landscape (such as Kangaroo Paw, Wattle/Wattle Seed, Murnong Daisy), before broadening the conversation to encompass the stories and connections to natural landscape held by clans of the Kulin Nations.

This event has been organised by Svetlana Jones, as part of MPavilion’s M_Curators initiative.

This event is supported by Debbie Dadon.

In collaboration with

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.