The Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre is a creative hub for the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes, who make up the Mowanjum community outside Derby, Western Australia.
We, Yoga Desire are a locally operated and run business in Derby with the desire to bring the tools of Yoga and Meditation to Remote Australia. Our mission is to make yoga accessible, inclusive and approachable for every body who comes along to our offerings.
A social impact project celebrating the rich culture of the Kimberley region. Every sale of yoga leggings directly supports local Aboriginal artists in Derby and supports Yoga Desire to continue to support their extensive community in far Northern WA through Yoga and Meditation.
As a child, Gudu lived at the Kunmunya mission, located near Camden Sound and Augustus Island in the centre of the Worrorra lands.
People from this location were encouraged to visit the Wandjina painting sites, to hunt kangaroo and sea life, and to speak their languages.
“I like doing painting. I have a feeling of it, something important. I like to keep the feeling up. I tell my kids about the feeling."
Gudu works with, and shares her knowledge with, all the other artists and children in the Mowanjum community, at the art centre.
Gudu says “We all share. They all know their own paintings. I can‘t do their Wandjinas. All people do their own.”
Gudu’s artwork has been exhibited internationally and numerous times nationally, this includes the display of her work at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
As a child I was taken out to my grandfather's country (Yaloon/Cone Bay), where my oldest uncle (Sam Umbagai) told me dreamtime stories and about country. He always told me the story about Dumbi the owl.
My uncle told us to respect the country and not to harm it or the animals or the spirits of the land will get angry and will punish us, and I learnt it at first hand. "When I was a child I was making humbug and not listening, I fell and hurt myself very badly" and from that day on I always listened.
I like to paint the Jilinya the first bush women. I was told she is the mother of all people, and there is a place in George Waters area on the coast where her dreaming is at, and I am connected to this place through my mother's grandfather (mother's side) and that is the reason I paint her.
We are Taz & Jono the co-creators of Kimberley Yoga Attire.
We came up with the idea to create a range of Yoga Leggings that are designed locally to support local Aboriginal Artists in Derby and to support us to continue to support our diverse and extensive community through Yoga & Meditation.
At the time we were purchasing & wearing Yoga wear that did not really resonate with us or the culture that we were practicing yoga and running our business from in Derby, the Kimberley WA. We desired to wear yoga gear that had a social impact focus and would support and benefit our local community. Kimberley Yoga Attire was born from that moment on.
We collaborated with Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre, of which we have a wonderful relationship with, to find designs that celebrate the rich culture of the Kimberley region and to ensure that artists involved were paid appropriately, celebrated & acknowledged.
All Aboriginal works that feature on our yoga wear are 100% authentic & local.
You can follow the journey on instagram/@kimberley_yoga_attire
For any enquiries about this project please contact Taryn on 0400 562124.
Yoga Desire acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging & recognise Derby, the place where we run our yoga studio as a place of cultural significance to NYIKINA MANGALA and many other Aboriginal people. We choose to practice Yoga & Meditation in a way that is gentle and kind in respect of ourselves, others and the Aboriginal Land that we stand on.