The Bringing Them Home Report addressed the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities; it acknowledged that Indigenous children had been separated from the early days of European occupation of Australia, through to the late 1970s.
Remembering the Empty Coolamons affords the opportunity for all people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to come together and acknowledge the trans-generational trauma and loss of the Stolen Generations; for the children, their families and their communities.
The coolamon is a wooden vessel used throughout Australia by Aboriginal men and women to collect fruit, nuts and grain. Often etched with intricate and culturally significant markings, coolamons are used to cradle newborn babies. In this context, the coolamon, empty of baby, stands in witness to the trans-generational pain of loss suffered by the Stolen Generations of Australia.
A live art piece with Yamatji artist Robyne Latham, you are invited to create a clay coolamon that will be hand-decorated and placed within a sacred circle. This sacred circle will then remain in place as a silent reminder of the coolamons that laid empty throughout the years.