Chidanpee Cultural Enterprise
Starwin is committed to support Indigenous women in enterprise and promoting career pathways to support community leaders.
From August, 2018, Starwin Shopfront is working in collaboration to support the start-up of Chidanpee Cultural Enteprise, led by artist Norma 'Chidanpee' Benger.
Norma was born in Darwin to Ted and Marguerita Hayes, and is one of seven children. Chidanpee paints in the contemporary style that reflects her ancient tribal heritage with a modern day twist, incorporating old stories from Woodycupuldia to Wadeye in the west. Her father’s influence comes from the desert land scape particularly from the Barrow Creek region.
Norma Chidanpee’s parents are both from the stolen generation, her father Ted Hayes was taken from the telegraph station in Alice Springs and put on Minjilang (Croker Island NT), and her mother Marguerita Parry Hayes, was taken from her parents at Mango Farm Daly River and put on the Tiwi islands. Her earlier years and first schooling was on the Tiwi Islands. Norma also has family connections to the local Larrakia Traditional land owners.
Norma Chidanpee’s has exhibited her works nationally and internationally, after finishing her Fine Arts degree, Majoring in Printmaking.
Norma 'Chidanpee', together with her mother Marguerita specialise in cultural education showcasing and sharing techniques of basket weaving, bush dyes and traditional food preparation and painting.
Chidanpee will be offering a range of Cultural Services from Starwin Shopfront including:
- weaving demonstration & teaching workshops
- sale of local genuine hand made products
- corporate event support
- unique cultural & corporate gifts
and with more to come as the enterprise grows.