In May, Curtin University hosted students and staff from Colgate University, New York for an event which formed part of the ongoing relationship between Curtin and Colgate, initially founded upon the repatriation of some of the Carrolup artworks.
During their visit, the students were welcomed to Country by Emeritus Professor Simon Forest from our Cultural Advice Council, before participating in yarns from Centre for Aboriginal Studies staff, Associate Professor Graeme Gower about Aboriginal Culture and Healing Country’s Associate Professor Andrew Knight who talked about Healing Country’s History, the context in which we’re working and what we aim to do.
Following this, the students had the special experience of being walked through the Carrolup Exhibition in John Curtin Gallery led by Chris Malcom.
Aside from their visit to Curtin University, the Colgate staff and students are planned to visit a number of culturally significant locations including Carrolup and Roelands Missions, while yarning with and learning from Elders and Senior Knowledge Holders.
What an amazing and invaluable experience for the Colgate students and staff to attend! Huge thank you to all involved for organising this and allowing Healing Country to share our story while students were on campus at Curtin.