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Cultural Yarns on Wadjemup

Join a Cultural Yarn on Wadjemup / Rottnest Island with emerging leaders and cultural presenters.

  • 10 & 17 February 2024
  • 10 am - 12 noon
  • Free event

Join a unique and enriching experience with emerging Aboriginal leaders and cultural presenters on Wadjemup / Rottnest Island.

This February, you’re invited to take part in a Cultural Yarn, where male emerging Aboriginal leaders and presenters on 10 February and female emerging Aboriginal leaders and presenters on 17 February come together to share unique stories, exchange knowledge passed down through generations, and engage with the rich cultural heritage and connection that Aboriginal people have to Country.

In the tradition of the centuries-old tradition of a yarning circle, this is an opportunity to connect with Aboriginal culture through informal conversations and food in a safe and respectful space.

This family-friendly event is free to attend but registration is required due to limited capacity.

Please ensure you register all members of your group, including adults and children.

All genders are welcome at each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all time throughout the event.

The Cultural Yarns will take place in the Wadjemup Museum Gardens. The cultural presenters will engage in conversations about traditional lore including art, culture, and contemporary practises of today. The yarning will include the sharing of food featuring native flavours and ingredients from Aboriginal caterer Gather Foods.

Sample menu:

  • Goats cheese, onion, bush tomato and native thyme tart. 
  • Chocolate, pepperleaf and raspberry brownie.  
  • Roasted vegetable, native basil and feta frittata.  
  • Raspberry and strawberry gum friand.
  • Wattleseed damper with strawberry and quandong jam.

Morning tea is complimentary with your cultural experience. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.


Saturday 10 February, 10 am – 12 noon 
Emerging male Aboriginal leaders and cultural presenters

Saturday 17 February, 10 am – 12 noon
Emerging female Aboriginal leaders and cultural presenters

Click here to view our presenters.

Menu subject to change.

This event is presented by Rottnest Island Authority in collaboration with Tourism Western Australia through their Jina Cultural Program which aims to bring a series of Aboriginal cultural experiences to and around the Wadjemup Museum on Rottnest Island.  

While offering an opportunity for visitors to connect with and learn about Aboriginal culture, the Cultural Yarns initiative also aims to build capacity for emerging Aboriginal presenters and leaders to enter the cultural heritage and tourism sector.

The emerging presenters for the upcoming Cultural Yarns series will be mentored and guided by Elders Neville Collard, Robyn Collard, Farley Garlett and Sandra Harben. 

Where to find Cultural Yarns

The Cultural Yarns will be held in the Wadjemup Museum gardens, the outside area adjacent to the Wadjemup Museum.

You will find the Wadjemup Museum behind the settlement mall, and an easy walk from the main jetty in Thomson Bay.