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Ceremony Wear for Granma Coomee
Ceremony Wear for Granma Coomee Sharon Mason, Aunty Vivian Mason, Ashweeni Mason, and Savitri Mason, 2019 Stringybark, feathers, shells, bones, ochres. Australian Museum Collection Acquisition Image: Abram Powell
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Sharon Mason, Aunty Vivian Mason, Ashweeni Mason, and Savitri Mason (Walbanja, Yuin), 2019
Stringybark, feathers, shells, bones, ochres
Australian Museum Collection Acquisition


Remembering Granma Coomee

Our Ancestors are always guiding us so it’s important we remember them, honour them. We made this stringybark ceremony wear for Granma Coomee (Maria Coomee Nulunga, circa 1825-1914) who lived around Ulladulla in the 1800s. She used to share her grandmother’s story about ‘the first time the big white birds came by …’, witnessing Captain Cook sail the Endeavour up the south coast 250 years ago. Watching it on the horizon, the white sails looked like big white wings riding the wind – a giant pelican, a messenger bird, an omen. Sharon Mason (Walbanja, Yuin), 2021