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Culture is healing: the making of a possum skin cloak

Posted on: 24 July, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 3, July 2017 – September 2017
Related to Cultural ways Cancer Social and emotional wellbeing Women

Breast Cancer Network Australia (2017)
Culture is healing: the making of a possum skin cloak
Camberwell, Victoria: Breast Cancer Network Australia

This resource details a project undertaken by Aboriginal women in Victoria. The project involved the making of a possum skin cloak to be used by Aboriginal people undergoing cancer treatment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

Possum skin cloaks are an important cultural item in communities. The aim of the cloak is to enable Aboriginal people to physically wrap themselves in culture during their time in treatment. The video includes interviews with the makers of the cloak, women who are survivors of cancer or, still in treatment.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract