Kaya – Welcome to the Indian Ocean

Garland #10 focuses on Western Australia and the Indian Ocean as a region of cultural dialogue. It takes the word “Kaya” from the Noongar expression of greeting, both “Hello” and “Yes”. The keynote essay by Glenn Iseger-Pilkington takes us on a journey to Ngaanyatjarra country, whose sense of home helps ground a more displaced sense of Aboriginal identity. There are stories of thoughtful objects from Boorloo Perth, Walyalup Fremantle, Broome, Carnarvon, Busselton, Deep River and Kalgoorlie. This issue also reveals strong outward connections to the Indian world in Perth. There are inspiring stories from South Africa, Mauritius, Kuwait, India, Indonesia and Philippines. Kaya promotes an openness to dialogue grounded in a strong sense of place: on Country, in the world.

Garland is supported by the RMIT School of Art and reflects the cultural meanings of craft in our Indo-Pacific region.

This issue was supported by the West Australian Department of Culture and the Arts