Children learn about the traditions of Possum Skin Cloaks – how and why they were made, what other pelts may have been used. Each program offers one presenter face to face guiding children and educators to see and explore possum cloak making. Educators are given the opportunity to ask and understand how to include culturally appropriate items for the children in their service. All materials included.

Single session: Basic introduction to the traditional use of possum and its skin, with demonstration baby blanket to feel and explore.

Three-session program: Introduction to traditional use of possum and other animals delivered over 3 sessions, with each session providing the opportunity to create and keep an armband made of possum skin.

Wrapped in Wilai Program: An in-depth investigation into traditional possum cloak making, delivered over 10+ weeks, culminating in a collaborative baby possum blanket including designing and burning onto the blanket to keep at your service. There is also an invitation to exhibit your piece in an annual art gallery exhibition. Each session will include practical activity and opportunities to create keepsake items.

Wilai is an Awabakal word meaning possum’.

Note: If any child/adult is allergic to cats, there is a good chance they will be allergic to possum.

Wrapped in Wilai program cost: $5500 (incl. GST along with TPL for 10 educators [with t-shirt or hat], Baby Possum Skin Cloak, Possum Skin Education Kit, minimum 10 session with children and an invitation for piece to be displayed at the Resurgence Exhibition).

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