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Janice is a traditional dancer who tells stories through movements handed down over generations. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Janice's story

Australia 

A Wagilak woman, Janice is a traditional dancer who tells stories through movements handed down over generations. With your support, Janice and the Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation support the community to generate income and employment, while keeping culture alive.

Janice is a traditional dancer who lives on Jawoyn country in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia
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Janice is a traditional dancer who lives on Jawoyn country in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Janice lives on Jawoyn country in Arnhem Land. Like many remote communities in the Northern Territory, Janice’s faces a range of challenges – low employment and education, financial hardship, poorer health and lower life expectancy.

With your help, Caritas Australia supports Djilpin Arts Aboriginal Corporation, which operates a centre for traditional and contemporary Aboriginal arts and culture, providing employment and generating income for local communities.

Elders run workshops and share their knowledge with the younger generation, and with visitors. Local guides run bush cultural tours and architect-designed tourist accommodation is available for visitors.

“With many elders gone, we must transfer knowledge, to keep a connection to culture and nurture future leaders. Me and my family, we keep the culture going, we need to keep our culture strong.”

Janice

Djilpin Arts provides employment and training for young people, a place for elders to pass on traditional knowledge, an art museum and authentic cultural experiences for tourists. 

Janice has been a Djilpin Artsworker since 2015, performing traditional dances, as a host for performances and as a tour guide in the art museum.

With your support, Caritas Australia was also able to fund the launch of a Djilpin Arts shed in 2021, to display and store artworks for shipping to online customers. COVID times have been particularly tough on remote communities, however, Djilpin Arts has been able to build up the online element of its business during the pandemic, helping communities to continue to make an income.

Your generosity today can help First Australian communities to share intergenerational knowledge between elders and the younger generation - to promote healing, and to keep culture alive.

Janice is a traditional dancer who tells stories through movements handed down over generations. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia
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Janice is a traditional dancer who tells stories through movements handed down over generations. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Your donation can help:

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Janice with her daughters in the shop at Djilpin Arts in Northern Territory, Australia. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Provide employment opportunities to First Australians

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Janice shows her daughter how to prepare pandanus leaves collected from a forest near Djilpin Art in Northern Territory. Artists at Djilpin Arts weave the pandanus leaves, tinted with natural dyes, into dramatic, round fibre artworks for sale in the shop. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia.

Support workshops to train young people

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Janice with her daughters outside Djilpin Arts centre. Photo credit: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

Preserve Indigenous culture for all future generations

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Local artists create and sell paintings, prints, textiles, traditional wood carvings, fibre art and jewellery at Djilpin Arts. Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia

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