Brooke Wandin is a Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung artist and educator. Brooke is translating sections of the InPlace website into Woi Wurrung as an ongoing project, with the first phase launching online soon.
The new Garambi Baan/Laughing Waters Residency Centre seeks to foreground and support First Nations languages – especially Woi wurrung – as well as actively commissioning language as a critical component of major projects undertaken on site. We see supporting language as fundamental for re-enculturation and to actively de-centre English.
Woi Wurrung Language by Brooke Wandin is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Office for the Arts through the Rise Fund, Creative Victoria and VicHealth.
Brooke Wandin is a Wurundjeri artist, educator and cultural consultant. As a consultant Brooke has worked across local government including Yarra Ranges Council, as a lead Cultural Advisor guiding the development of a consultation, design and delivery process for current and future Indigenous interpretive signage opportunities across Council’s bushland reserves, and for Nillumbik Shire Council in partnership with Nillumbik Reconciliation Group. Recently, Brooke acted as Guest Curator for the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, delivering the major exhibition ‘Dhumba-njan Dhumba-njarr’ (speak I, speak you). She is frequently invited to speak on matters of Wurundjeri culture and heritage at major cultural institutions and universities.
Brooke has worked across Indigenous community services, including with the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association (HICSA). She is currently a Board member for the Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation (WEAC), which manages the 200-acre property of Coranderrk, the former Aboriginal Station in Healesville. She has also worked extensively with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.
As a Wurundjeri educator she has visited countless schools across Greater Melbourne, teaching local Aboriginal history and culture. As part of her multi-disciplinary practice, she weaves to honour her great grandmother and all of the women who have gone before her. She is keeping her culture alive; it lives through her. Brooke celebrates her female ancestors who have contributed to successful and sustainable agriculture that flourished for generations. Wurundjeri country provides resources to satisfy and sustain all aspects of life. She hopes her work highlights the deep connection that Aboriginal people have to country.