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Maureen Beeron

Weaver , Girringun Aboriginal Corporation


Maureen Beeron is a Girramay woman of the Murray River area. She lives at the Jumbun community near the Murray Falls, south of Tully.

Maureen is a weaver of wungarr, traditional lawyer cane eel traps, jawun bicornual baskets and is skilled in traditional string making from bark.

Her cousin-sister passed on these weaving skills to Maureen who continues to create these traditional functional artworks.

When creating jawun, Maureen collects the lawyer cane from the rainforest at the Jumbun community, removes the spiky outer 'skin' of the cane and prepares the cane for splitting by passing it through the fire. The cane is then finely split and woven into the jawun bicornual shape. Some of her notable past works include a large jawun and an extra large jawun made for carrying babies. A similar process is carried out to create wungarr traditionally used to trap eels in freshwater creeks.

Maureens eel traps have been exhibited in Blak Roots: 20 years of Wet Tropics at Kick Arts in November 2008; Woven Purpose Exhibition at the Craft Queensland Gallery in Brisbane in 2005, Girringun Gallery during the Dreaming Festival in 2006, CoCA (Cairns Contemporary Art Gallery), Tanks Art Centre, Artworx Mission Beach Art Gallery, Hinchinbrook Regional Art Gallery and the Townsville Cultural Centre.

See also: Abstract of Maureen Beeron's paper:
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