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Gab Titui keeping culture alive

THE Gab Titui Cultural Centre has commenced a series of cultural weaving workshops to be held on the last Saturday of each month.

Betty Tekahika conducted the first workshop in the Zenadth Kes Weaving Circle in February, which focussed on making woven fish, baskets and placemats.

Torres Strait Regional Authority Chairperson, Mr Napau Pedro Stephen, said the Zenadth Kes Weaving Circle builds on the popularity of workshops held at Gab Titui throughout 2017.

“It’s been wonderful to see such enthusiasm from the community, and the younger generation in particular, in spending time learning from our elders and master craftspeople”, Mr Stephen said.

“The maintenance of traditional cultural methods and techniques is at the heart of Gab Titui’s work in the region and we are both grateful and happy to support community elders, like Betty, to share their wealth of knowledge and skills.”

Mr Stephen said the workshops had also been popular with tourists visiting the island, keen to learn more about the art and culture of the region.

“We welcome everyone to come and join our community elders and craftspeople sharing their skills and stories”, he said.

Workshops are open to all community members and skill levels on the last Saturday of every month, and lunch provided. Bookings are recommended – call 07 40 690 888.

Gab Titui Cultural Centre – http://www.gabtitui.gov.au/

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