Yaama! What a year 2020 has been for everyone! It has been a year of many uncertainties and quite a worrying time for all. We have the perfect solutions to have you and your loved ones saying “guwayu” (see ya’ later) to 2020 and “Yiradhu marang” (hello) to 2021, whilst feeling deadly at the same time!
Are you feeling stuck as to what to buy your loved ones for Christmas and time is running out? Do your family and friends have everything, leaving you shrugging your shoulders and, scratching your head as to what to get them? Or, do you simply want to treat yourself for surviving this wild ride that has been 2020 with something authentically made by talented, deadly and inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their businesses?
Let us not forget birthdays and anniversaries in the Christmas/holiday period – we all know just how difficult it can be to buy for people when it is the holiday period or, when they seem to own everything!
Do you want to support deadly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses from your home, with ease and comfort? Is it too hot to go to the shops or you cannot leave the house due to COVID-19?
You do not know where to look, which businesses are authentic or give back to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities or how to go about doing so?!
Do not worry, as we at ‘Our Songlines’ have got you covered! So, sit back with a cool drink, put your feet up and let your eager fingers do the talking. We have everything sorted – you are most welcome 😀
Here at ‘Our Songlines’, we want to give some love, shout outs and shine a spotlight upon our mob and their businesses we personally like and have engaged with. COVID-19 has certainly had a significant impact on us all, especially our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.
There are hundreds of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses around Australia – varying from art to hospitality, fashion, trades, healing and much more (we obviously could not include all of them here). When you are buying from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses and people, you are supporting and giving back to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and families, ensuring profits are going to toward the genuine artists. By buying and supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses, people and buying the beautiful and authentic products, you are assisting toward self-determination and establishing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with intergenerational wealth; and other opportunities which have been systematically and historically denied. When making a purchase regardless of how big or small, you are making an investment to and within our communities futures.
There are so many more deadly, inspiring and deserving businesses and people to be put in our deadly spotlight, however it is not possible to acknowledge all here today. Our Songlines strongly encourages you to do your own research on other deadly and deserving businesses … Keep your eyes peeled on our page throughout the year to learn more!
Soooo, what are you still doing reading this?! Go check out below – you will not be disappointed – I promise you!
Ngurrbul Baadhin Clothing
Home Page: https://ngurrbulbaadhinclothing.com.au/
Ngurrbul baadhin means ‘I love Nan’ in the Wiradjuri language (how beautiful!). Tara is a Wiradjuri woman who, is the owner and operator of Ngurrbul Baadhin. Tara’s love for her Nan inspired her to create this impressive business celebrating her pride in her Aboriginal heritage, empowering her fellow Aboriginal peoples whilst publicly acknowledging her gratitude for and to her Nan who raised her up and gave her undying and unconditional love.
I have a few pieces of Tara’s collection and it is amaaaazing, comfortable and the quality is great! Ngurrbul Baadhin has something for everyone from the jarjum’s to your Great Grandma and Grandpa! Ngurrbul Baadhin even has gift certificates to make it easier for you when you are not sure what to choose!
Cooee Café and Catering
Home Page: https://www.cooeecafeandcatering.com.au/
Cooee Café and Catering is the only Indigenous café located on the Mornington Peninsula town of Capel Sound, in Victoria. The word cooee is a Dharug word meaning ‘come here’. The Dharug Nation forms a part of the Eora Nation in NSW. Sharon is the the owner of Cooee Café and Catering and has help from her daughter Shayla who, manages the catering side of the business. Sharon spent much of her childhood days in Kalgoorlie WA, being taught by her Grandmother to live off the land, which led to Sharon developing her love and her array of knowledge of cooking with Indigenous ingredients. Sharon believes food is a vital component to making connections – to family, communities and to people regardless of who you are, where you are from or your background.
The food served is authentic Indigenous foods, flavour and dishes (you can also order ‘Aussie food’ if you prefer to stick to regular ol’ Aussie foods – though I highly recommend you give your tastebuds the treat they deserve!) – go on and visit, you know your nose is being tickled by the smell that has been conjured by your tastebuds.
Nadine is a Noongar Nyikina woman and is the creator, owner and genius behind the deadly and inspiring Culture Weave business. Nadine is a powerhouse who, was taught to weave by her maternal Grandmother. Nadine is a small business owner and runs the business fulltime whilst being a mother, partner, sister, Aunt and fulfilling many roles within many communities around her. Nadine creates deadly and amazing works of art through her weaving and each creation is filled with love and fantastic energy. I have a few of Nadine’s creations and I constantly get compliments from people on the street! I have also had the privilege of attending 4 of her weaving workshops and each time I have left feeling re-energised and with a deadly creation. This woman has such a beautiful spirit (and patience – lots of patience). When you engage with Nadine, you will get a genuine woman who is passionate about teaching others Indigenous knowledges, weaving and her Culture. This is the perfect opportunity to book into one of Nadine’s workshops and learn this fulfilling and beautiful art whilst having a great yarn, connecting with others and also making a one of a kind creation by you!
Haus of Dizzy
Home Page: https://hausofdizzy.com/
Kristy is a proud Wiradjuri woman, and is the brainchild behind cult fashion label Haus of Dizzy. Kristy grew up in Sydney and is currently living in Melbourne Victoria. Making jewellery is a passion of 20+ years and resulted in Haus of Dizzy, selling her deadly and unique creations at local markets and local Sydney stores.
When you visit Haus of Dizzy, you become overwhelmed with the gorgeous range of handmade jewellery and accessories; Earrings, necklaces, pins, charm bracelets, hair accessories, personalised pieces, wall art and jewellery stands. Each piece is created, made and assembled in the Haus of Dizzy studio in Fitzroy Melbourne. Each creation provides a statement, which is bold and bright and has been described as ‘conversation pieces’. Many pieces are designed for and feature social, cultural and political messages which bring into focus issues which affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to give her customers empowerment and the ability to make a statement without using words.
Having connections via her daughter Ziggy Lee, Kristy has an extensive connection and reach within the Australian and American music industries. Kristy has collaborated the likes of Baker Boy, the Merindas and Ms. Lauryn Hill (you and I both know we want to be wearing what Baker boy and Ms. Lauryn Hill are!).
Haus of Dizzy has strong community ties and is strongly committed in providing social and political action – having collaborated with non for profit organisations including; AYCC (Stop Adani Movement), SEED MOB (Water is life), Sydney Mardi Gras, Djirra, Naidoc and the YWCA to help raise money and awareness for these important issues.
One Mob Apparel
One Mob Apparel is owned and managed by a proud Dulguburra Yidinji man in Townsville Queensland. He aims to inspire and empower all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, whilst enabling each individual to be styling up in comfort; whether it be playing a sport, going to the gym, doing those endless and boring adult things or hanging at home and wanting to look deadly as. One Mob Apparel also does commissions and team jerseys and designs.
Home Page: https://indigiearth.com.au/
Indigi Earth is a multiple award winning café and retail business in Mudgee NSW, owned by Sharon, a Gulargambone Ngemba Weilwan Woman from NSW and her children. It is worth noting; Sharon is a well-known and accomplished Aboriginal performer, having led many Aboriginal dance groups nationally and internationally. Sharon has led multiple workshops and corporate catering throughout many years and finally decided to create Indigi Earth in 2012. Indigi Earth offer a vast array of products and services inclusive of Indigenous foods and a skin care range.
Today, Indigi Earth offers over two hundred products including native foods, candles, diffusers and the new all-natural Skin Care range. Where possible, Indi Earth harvests as much wild produce where possible from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Which in turn provides employment, income and education to be kept within communities. You can also find delicious recipes which have all Indigenous ingredients. How good is that!? I always pretend I am a deadly Aboriginal chef and cook up these yummy recipes!
The Dream Factory
Tayha Duggan-Hill is a 19 ear old Warrumungu Wagiman Nykinya woman, born in Cairns Queensland and spent time living in Darwin in the NT. Tayha now resides in Melbourne Victoria and uses her authentic hand-painted and unique artworks to tell her stories and uses her family as one of her biggest influences. Tayha also uses her artwork as a way of expressing what she is thinking and feeling, as well as a form of education. Tayha wants to be a role model for her family, her communities and for the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as enabling her to be expressive and creative. Tayha hopes by creating her beautiful creations she will inspire, empower and promote exposure for our culture. When Tayha sees her designs being worn; it is a majestical moment for her, which fills her with happiness and pride. Currently, Tayha is undertaking a course designed to further enhance her current deadly art, talent and skills and enables for further assistance in learning how to work and create with new materials. I personally own a pair of The Dream Factory earrings and I am more than satisfied – I have to hide my earrings as my nieces and goddaughters are always wanting to wear them and conveniently ‘forgetting to give them back’ aka take them home with them and never give them back!
Home Page: https://wunyun.com.au/
Wunyan is operated on the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung Peoples of the Kulin Nations by Peta, who has Aboriginal and Indian ancestry. Wunyun is passionate about reviving and practicing traditional ways via plant medicines, teaching and passing knowledge and cultural practices through facilitating workshops, healing ceremonies, and healing one-on-one sessions.
Kakadu tiny Tots
Home Page: http://www.kakadutinytots.com.au/
Sheril, a Murrumburr and senior Traditional Kakadu National Park owner and Dale, a Bininj Man, are the two designers behind the unique and striking Indigenous clothing line Kakadu Tiny Tots. Sheril’s daughter Kylie-Lee has been attributed to the realisation of Sheril’s dream in creating Kakadu Tiny Tots.
Both Sheril and Dale contribute their respective upbringings and experiences for the successful, diverse and absolutely gorgeous designs. Not only will your tiny tot be stylin’ up and accessorisin’– you can too! There is also gift packs and pamper packs for you (okay, okay, you might need to buy for others occasionally)! There is food and bush candles (oooo candles), mats and so many other things. You need to check it all out for yourself!
Clothing the Gap
Home Page: https://clothingthegap.com.au/
Clothing The Gap is a socially led business, which is based in Victoria and led by Indigenous people who are health professionals wanting to celebrate Aboriginal cultures through their clothing. Each design is created with meaning and works to encourage people to wear their tees (they have other cool as products too)and spread the messages of empowerment for Aboriginal mob. Clothing the Gap, which is a play on the health initiative “Close the Gap” – an Australian Government led health initiative assisting to lessen the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal Australian. Clothing the Gap produce merchandise with a meaning and encourage people to wear their values on their body.
Clothing The Gap is a play on the words “Closing the Gap”, which is an Australian Government health initiative to help close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal people and non-Indigenous Australians. The merchandise also assist in creating connections and influence social change whilst promoting equity and assisting to educate and elevate the voices, cause and issues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Another bonus is Clothing the Gap is a member of Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria and Supply Nation, holding an Ethical Clothing Australia accreditation! How deadly is that!?
I am forever getting compliments on my tees and each are a great conversation starter!
Home Page: https://paperbarkprints.com.au/
Dana is the woman behind Paperbark Prints and is a Whadjuk, Nyikina, Minang, Ballardong woman from WA. Dana created Paperbark Prints to create and inspire joy, connection, culture and education. Each print has an individual story all of its own, which Dana hopes will allow connection between everyone and encourage non-Indigenous people, for every occasion bringing loved ones together, to learn and be educated about our beautiful cultures. Paperbark Prints products are even better in real life, making you want to frame and hang them on the walls whilst also wanting to send the prints to everyone you know. Gon on, support this inspiring woman and have deadly prints on your walls, doors and maybe even sent them to you Mum too!
Milan Dhiiyaan, which means “One Family or One Mob” is an Aboriginal owned and operated business which is a certified Supply Nation business.
Milan Dhiiyaan has a volume of services, experiences and knowledge. Milan Dhiiyaan provide cultural immersion and knowledge experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and are exceptionally inclusive of Non-Indigenous people of the community, and always encourage inclusivity to grow and learn with and from Milan Dhiiyaan
Nyimirr (Fleur Magick Dennis) is a Wiradjuri/Wailwaan song woman and senior cultural educator who, runs Milan Dhiiyaan with her Wailwaan/Yuin songman husband – a senior cultural educator Millmullian (Laurance Magick Dennis). Together Nyimirr and Millmullian work within their own communities as well as travelling to other communities within Australia to run authentic workshops healing, teaching and spreading knowledge with everyone. Both Nyimirr and Millmullian are deadly and talented artists who create and design using traditional knowledges. Each creation is individualistic, traditional, unique, authentic and genuine tools, artworks which both hope create greater opportunities to better understandings of ourselves, each other and our earth.
Milan Dhiiyaan involves Aboriginal community members; Elders, their own children, extended family and many other adults and children in teaching and create opportunities to showcase the deadly talents of those around them. Milan Dhiiyaan work and engage with a wide range of organisations who seek Aboriginal cultural services from us. Nyimirr and Millmullian have extensive experience working with schools, government and non-government organisations and community groups as individuals and as a part of Milan Dhiiyaan. Hearing and seeing Milan Dhiiyaan perform ceremony, dance and speak in Wailwaan, Wiradjuri & Gamilaraay is an experience that every person MUST experience more than once. I still get goose bumps just reliving the memories of watching and being lucky enough to experience, be a part of ceremonies, and witness knowledge and the profound experiences participants gain. I have had the privilege and honour to be healed by Nyimirr, spend time with her and taught by her in multiple capacities. Each interaction I have had with Nyimirr, Millmullian, their children, community members and extended family – I have come away feeling renewed, rejuvenated and feeling blessed. I could tell you more, however there is so much to Milan Milan Dhiiyaan and so I encourage you to check them out, interact. You will not be sorry.
Revolution Ware is an Indigenous family business who are made up of Tabitha, a Gunditjmara who is a Storyteller, Poet and Freelance Writer (and Mother – keeping the whole mob in line), Dylan, a Ngarrindjeri Boandik Gunditjmara Maori Gunditjmara Man, who is the co-ordinator and creative IT behind Revolution Ware. Eamon, a Ngarrindjeri Boandik Gunditjmara Maori Gunditjmara Man, who is always adding to the ever growing business with content and products, Mabel a Ngarrindjeri Boandik Gunditjmara Maori young girl, who not only contributes to Revolution Ware’s content – is the owner and Co-ordinator of Undercover Kindness (https://www.facebook.com/UndercoverKindness … https://www.instagram.com/undercover_kindness1/) and we cannot forget Sir Cadbury – the gorgeous best canine friend of Mabel’s. Cadbury is the CEO of everything and manages the animal welfare donations on behalf of UnderCover Kindness (he also sleeps A LOT!).
Each piece is handmade, created individually painted or created. As each piece allows for slight variations in the finished product and effect, it allows for a unique and individual creation and gift! Each creation is manifested and designed using the knowledges and wisdoms which have been handed down over many thousands of years from generation to generation. Coming in ways such as connection to Ancestors, sky, land and water – enabling the stories and art to come to life in a stunning way. Each creation is made with love and positive intentions.
I cannot tell you how many pieces of jewellery and artwork that I own from Revolution Ware (no, really – I have soooo many). I feel empowered and seen when I wear any of my jewellery pieces and I seem to get this deadly swagger when I walk and always admire myself in windows when I wear anything!
The artworks are such breathtaking creations and speak to you – it really is an honour to own pieces of this family’s artwork and jewellery. The biggest issues I have wearing the jewellery is – total strangers want me to give my pieces to them (so does my family and friends for that matter! It is noooo way from me!).
Tabitha is a woman who has such talent and a way with words, When you read any of her work, you are transported to an entirely different place. You are with her in that moment, being taken alongside her on the adventure. Tabitha has written for a multitude of organisations and in many Indigenous and non-Indigenous spaces and has also given her time for panels, webinars and workshops for free, as educating is one of her passions alongside Justice for Incarcerated brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and many other mob,
Revolution Ware was created from the history of and as Aboriginal people is an act of radical resistance, and self-care in the capitalist colony is a revolutionary act, we created Revolution Ware as a way of sharing our art and stories with the world. Also, a way to educate, empower and give voices to Ancestors, community and more.
You think I am exaggerating how amazingly (and creative), inspiring and deadly this family is?! Go ahead and check them out – but hurry, as their creations sell out in no time – literally!
Guluu Gallery is located in Kandos, on Wiradjuri Nation in NSW. Guluu gallery is a husband and wife team of Jo Albany – a Kalkadoon woman and Peter Swain- a Wiradjuri man from the Dabee clan, operated and run business. The gallery has become so successful, another shop is being opened up in Rylestone NSW! You can visit (if you are in the area and state of course) in person and have a yarn with the ever friendly and deadly Jo, who is the curator of the gallery and Peter, an artist and knowledge holder. Or simply visit their Facebook or Instagram pages. Peter and Jo run regular workshops (art, craft, didgeridoo lessons -Peter runs the didgeridoo lessons fyi) at the rear of the property where Peter’s workshop is also located (it is a decent size!). Guluu Gallery supports and encourages the development and creations of Aboriginal Artists, artisans and creators all over Australia. Peter tales commissions too 😉 I could tell you more – though I think you should contact the gallery and see for yourself all the amazing and deadly products.
Yana Warna by Wiramai
Yana Warna – Yana – raw (as all products are raw) and Warna – Ocean Yana Warna are Wirangu words.
Wiramai is Wyarta’s traditional Aunangu name gifted to her.
Wyarta(Wiramai) Miller is a Wirangu/Kokatha (Gugada) woman from the Far West Coast of Ceduna South Australia. Wyarta was born with an Ancestral gift to be Ngankari (Nun-Kari) (an Indigenous Healer) – which means Wyarta (Wiramai) is able to hear, see and heal via other dimensions. Wyarta (Wiramai) was gifted the Aunangu name of Wiramai (how very special?!). Wyarta (Wiramai) grew up the areas of Yalata, Fowlers Bay, Scotdesco (Bookabie), Penong, Koonibba, Ceduna in SA – in other words, Wyarta (Wiramai) had the whole stretch of the coast as her playground and home. Wyarta (Wiramai) is a single Mother, who works full-time as Ngankari, and both obviously keep her busy! Wyarta’s (Wiramai’s) family have also have many responsibilities being keepers of traditional knowledge and culture with many skills, Wyarta (Wiramai) is the only one in her family who has been born with this gift and has been gifted many others over her lifetime of growth,
The main form of Ngangkari healing is to help heal people. Witch doctor.. the dimensional gift is a huge bonus. Ngangkari healers service humanity and balance the dimensions on our lands and potentially/in the near future globally (definitely a dream of Wiramai’s).
Wyarta (Wiramai) has such a gentle soul, and genuine desire to heal as many of her people, community – in fact all of humanity, as she can. Wyarta (Wiramai) has a way of healing in person and via distance that is so very special and you do feel every ounce of her love, healing, genuine and good intentions to heal you from within your body, healing every molecule, one at a time. Wyarta’s(Wiramai’s) style of healing is not only done via the traditional gifts and methods handed down from her Elders/Ancestors, Wyarta (Wiramai) heals with a slight twist to enable you to feel the healing in a way you never imagined (all good, of course). Each ingredient that goes into her products is hand picked by herself and her family and children. Which means everything is organic and chosen with love and using the correct ways. As Wyarta (Wiramai) and her family choose the ingredients strait from Mother Earth, you are getting what Mother Earth has intended for you to receive. When Wyarta (Wiramai) is creating her medicines to heal you, the individual intention is created thus you receive the healing and medicine that is in line with the healing/s you require to make you healthy again. Wyarta’s (Wiramai’s) medicines are intended for ailments such as types of pains, aches, arthritis, migraines, colds, flu, viruses, skin conditions, insomnia, mental health, anxiety, inflammations, healing your internal self and soul and much more.
The array of traditional medicines will genuinely aid in helping you to heal what ever has you feeling ill. I guarantee this, as I have had this genuinely gifted Ngankari perfume healings on me and I instantly felt the healing and medicines working on my broken body and soul. You feel the healing begin to work right away – the medicine truly is a gift that one has no words for. Wyarta (Wiramai) has a way of connecting with you and just knowing what your body needs and is asking for, it can only be described as Wyarta (Wiramai) talking directly to your body via her Ngankari gifts her Elders and Ancestors have gifted her before birth. The process that Wyarta (Wiramai) undertakes when preparing her medicines is by using her traditional knowledges and gift in a way that is authentic, truly genuine and completed for ensuring you receive what your body is craving.
The only thing left to say is; contact Wyarta (Wiramai) and allow this Ngankari woman to connect with you and heal you in a way that no western medicine ever could or will.
Home Page: https://sobah.com.au/
Sobah Beverages is led by husband and wife team, Clinton, a Gamiliroi man and Lozen Schultz and based upon Yugambeh country in QLD. Sobah Beverages was founded by Clinton, a psychologist who uses the philosophies of Gamilaraay Lore ‘dhiriya Gamil’ along with other lessons he has been fortunate to learn from Elders from around Australia. These include acting from a position of respecting people, place and the environment; understanding and working towards fulfilling responsibilities to that we are connected to; and, engaging in positive reciprocity.
Clinton, Lozen and their team have a genuine desire to assist with providing better and alternative choices for those deadly people who are not drinking. Each have a genuine desire to come from a genuine place, which includes acting from a position of respecting people, place and the environment; understanding and working towards fulfilling responsibilities to that we are connected to; and, engaging in positive reciprocity.
Sobah Beverages believe that each have been privileged with opportunities the have been given, resulting in believing they have a responsibility to give back, to share our knowledge and experience, to create opportunities for others, to encourage sustainable and healthy ways of living, and to assist in bringing about positive changes. Clinton, Lozen and their deadly Sobah Beverages team, are leading the conversation regarding issues with alcohol consumption and breaking down the stigma of socialising sober in Australia. This is undertaken via the promotion of healthy lifestyle choices and wellness, social equity, sustainability, raise positive awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, smash stereotypes, unite people and of course, their beers quench thirst.
It is a genuine desire for the Sobah Beverages team to break down the stigma of socialising sober. Sending out and promoting the message you really can enjoy a unique tasting non-alcoholic craft beer when out with mates and, that Sobah really is the truly social drink. Clinton and the Sobah Beverages team aim to raise cultural awareness and promote Aboriginal arts, language and history through the Sobah range. Each recognising First Nations Peoples of Australia, language groups, origins and the Dreaming, all whilst ensuring ethically sourced ingredients and knowledge.
Another passion of the Sobah beverages team is in wellbeing, and by using their vastly growing popularity and social platform, supporting organisations and strategies that are working in ways to help people and communities HEAL from pains caused and losses experienced. There is a genuine desire form the mob at Sobah Beverages to assist in creating further spaces for traditional, spiritual and culturally influenced choices and healing opportunities outside the reliance on government funding and control. Sobah Beverages is a major advocate for organisations including Preston Campbell Foundation, 101 Tokens and other businesses and programs surrounding the space of mindful drinking and sobriety, as well as healthy living.
We all know it is going to continue to be a long, hot and dry summer, so do yourself a favour and order up to be a part of changing the societal narrative you have to be drunk to have a great time! So, get behind a deadly and inspiring cause!
P.s, you can be stylin’ up propa deadly when you buy their merchandise!
That is all from me (for a few moments that is 😉 ..).
Our Songlines team wish you a safe and happy holidays with all of your loved ones. Please remember to keep hydrated, be kind to each other and never stop believing in your amazing selves.
Bidhi ngurrbul (big love)
Yali <3 xo