The Yaluk Langa Community Day at Heide Museum of Modern Art will celebrate the continuing creative culture and traditions of the Wurundjeri Woiwurrung people.
We will explore the creation of contemporary scar trees at Yaluk Langa, and Heide’s ongoing collaboration with Wurundjeri Corporation to realise the design, interpretation and land management of Yaluk Langa (River’s Edge), an Indigenous garden project along the Birrarung/Yarra River.
The Yaluk Langa project has been underway at Heide since 2018. In October 2022, Wurundjeri Elders and artists shared their knowledge and culture as they commenced removing bark from three selected trees for tree scarring. While the process was interrupted by heavy rain and floods, one tree scarring was completed, with the bark cured over a fire and later decorated.
The Yaluk Langa Community Day is an opportunity for Heide visitors see the progress of the tree scarring and shield decoration and learn from Wurundjeri Elders about the Indigenous history of the land and the impact of the changing seasons along the Birrarung/Yarra River.
Image by Clytie Meredith.