yaama yaaminday Gamilroi/Gadigal walaay-baa-ga ngiyanigu gulay winun-ngulla-waa yillumbul murri maaru mala ngalay dhawan.
Our bags are on Gadigal country and we pay respect to their Elders past and present who have cared and still care for their Country.
Tell us about yourselves.
Amy: Yaama, I’m Amy Hammond, a Gamilaroi yinarr and mother born in Moree. I spent most of my childhood growing up on Wiradjuri Country in Wellington. I’m the eldest granddaughter of a beautiful, caring and proud Mehi woman named Yvonne Hammond and a bus-drivin’, storytellin’ Gulargambone man named Ronald “Spoto” Hammond. My family connections run across many Gamilaroi, Wailwan and Wiradjuri communities. I trained in technical production at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and worked for a decade in blak theatre, community festivals and events, and supporting other blakfullas to share their Stories in the performing arts. I spent a lot of time on tour sharing Stories across many First Nations and around the world. This was an unforgettable time in my life and now I share Stories through weaving as the Co-founder, Director and Weaver at Yinarr Maramali (YM).
In addition to Lorrelle and myself, the Yinarr Maramali core Weavers are Bronwyn Spearim and Rachael Phillips (Craigie) who were born in Moree, raised between there and Tamworth, and Sophie and Emily Honess who were born and raised in Tamworth.
Lorrelle: I’m Lorrelle Munro (Kennedy), a proud Gomeroi yinarr and mother of three who was born and raised in Tamworth/Moonbi. I am passionate about my family, culture, community and country, and have been continuing to learn and share Gomeroi weaving culture within our Community for the past eight years. I gain so much strength from my family and I am the proud granddaughter of Rosemary Combo, and Bulla Blair who I thank for their love, support and values given to me.