Kakadu National Park
Jim Jim NT 0886
Tel: +61 8 8979 0145
Fax: +61 8 8979 0148
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Djang Designs is a screen printing, art and craft workshop situated on the Jim Jim which is owned and managed by Mandy Muir and her family.
Currently Djang is not open to the public, but permission can be gained by way of a tour through the Gagudju Lodge Cooinda.
Djang Designs offers unique Aboriginal designs, contemporary and traditional, which are made with local natural fibres through weavings and natural bark products. Aboriginal designs are screen-printed on various fabrics.
Mandy Muir is a descendant of the Murumburr clan Umbukarla language.
She grew up in Kakadu National Park, her grandfather's country. She also has an affiliation to the Yanyuwa people of the Borroloola area, the Wardaman people of the Katherine area, and the Marrin people of the Liverpool River in Arhnem Land.
Mandy is actively involved as a representative to the following Boards:
Mandy has been working in the tourism industry for 14 years and likes to interact with people who visit Kakadu to get an understanding of Aboriginal culture - both traditional and contemporary.
Throughout the dry season Mandy works at the Warradjan Cultural Centre doing cultural talks. She also offers visitors the opportunity to interact with Aboriginal people, and learn about life in Kakadu. With her family having traditional owner status, Mandy has the ability to welcome visitors into the country and teach them about Aboriginal culture.
Having worked in the industry for many years, she is constantly approached by people who are looking for an authentic Aboriginal cultural experience, and to simply be able to interact with Aboriginal people.
The two most commonly asked questions are - "Where are all the Aboriginal people, you're the first one we've met" and "How do Aboriginal people live today?" Through cultural talks Mandy offers to give people a better understanding of how Aboriginal people live, hunt and gather in Kakadu today and how they are affected by day to day decisions about land management.
Even in Kakadu, an Aboriginal owned and joint managed National Park there is little opportunity for cultural interaction despite the huge demand.
People are hungry for such contact and to gain insight into Aboriginal peoples' lives, but many Aboriginal people shy away from contact with tourists. Mandy and her family have been working in the tourism industry for many years and are confident working with tourists and inviting them onto the country.
By working in the tourism industry in this way, Mandy hopes to help create inspiration and a model for other Aboriginal families in the area to follow in other ways. So that it will create an incentive to maintain and develop traditional knowledge for future generations which will lead to self-determination.