Sista Gals’ Adventures
In the past, engaging the Tiwi Island’s Sista Girls was extremely hard. They were a marginalised group who weren’t comfortable attending men’s activities and most of our women’s activities were not a good fit either.
The Sydney Mardi Gras Project was initially going to be a short term activity to allow a group of 30 Aboriginal trans women to showcase their culture. They spent several months crowdfunding to be able to join the parade. Preparation involved designing their outfits which showed off their unique blend of Tiwi traditional culture.
On return from Sydney the group did not want to disband but wanted to start preparations for next year’s Mardi Gras. Tiwi Design, who host the activity, have supported the group to attend Batchelor College t\o complete a Certificate I in Visual Arts (Sewing and Designing). Future goals include designing and selling outfits using their own fabric designs.
The Sista Girls showed off their first designs by modelling at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Recently the group attended a Suicide Intervention Workshop and feedback has been fantastic, with several group members reporting that they feel empowered to be able to support each other and their mob.