SOUTH Perth resident Kerry-Ann Winmar will stand proud in sharing her family’s history with the City of South Perth for NAIDOC Week.
Ms Winmar is connected to the Whadjuk and Ballardong clans, through her parents and great grandparents.
She has a great interest in teaching cultural awareness and runs Nyungar tours along the South Perth foreshore.
“My history is very important to me and I wish to maintain and pass it on to our next generation and generations to come,” Ms Winmar said.
“I remember my late mother Yurleen Dorothy J Winmar nee Garlett telling me about her grandmother who used to make Kangaroo skin rungs, pegging them out to dry before sewing them together for blankets which I now a sort of family legacy.
“Mum was a proud Yorgar and passionate about the sovereignty of the Nyungar People in the Federal High Courts of Australia, in September 2006 which proved Aboriginal people of the South West of WA had lived on their lands before colonisation.
“It was a great win for the Nyungar nation and because of her and many mothers, we can.”Ms Winmar will be speaking further on this year’s NAIDOC theme Because of Her, We Can at South Perth Library on July 11, from 6.30pm.
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