“The pendant I am wearing was given to me by Ngambri Elder – Aunty Matilda House. The sterling silver pendant honours the strength and survival of the many Aboriginal girls who were taken away from their families and placed in the Cootamundra Girls Home. The pendant tells a story of a Cootamundra girl seated on the wishing well, spending long quiet hours waiting in hope that her family would come to take her home.
I vividly remember the moment I received this gift from Aunty Matilda. I was ten years old and felt a strong sense of welcoming, belonging and connection to Ngunnawal and Ngambri country, the land that nurtures me to this day.”
Maya Mokak, young Djugun woman living on Ngunnawal and Ngambri country
“When I wear this necklace, the spirit and strength of the Cootamundra girls and the many stories of survival and resilience are close to my heart. This speaks to the universal strength of women, connecting me to my Djugun Aunties and Grandmother and my Mother’s Ancestors. It is a great honour to be gifted this pendant and gives me strength and pride to be standing here today as a young Aboriginal woman.”
‘The spirit and strength of the Cootamundra girls and the many stories of survival and resilience are close to my heart when I wear this necklace’
Maya Mokak, Djugun woman living on Ngunnawal and Ngambri country