The second Deadly Djurumin Yarn – Busting the Facade: Welcome to Country, is a fantastic and thought-provoking session. Danièle Hromek yarns with Samantha Rich, Annaliese McCarthy and Erin McDonald about fully engaging with Country in the design of the built environment.

Read our recap of the session and purchase access to the full recording via Vimeo on demand.

Danièle Hromek, Samantha Rich, Annaliese McCarthy and Erin McDonald discuss why just acknowledging Country is not enough when it comes to the design of the built environment. They discuss the need to move beyond the facade into the design, construction and materiality of the architecture to find a holistic outcome, one that involves – or preferably is led – by Indigenous stakeholders to give agency and voice to those who know place best. Early engagement is critical, as is consistency throughout every stage of the project.

Our speakers explore the notion of “Busting the Facade”. How do we get from the outside of the building to the inside? How do we bring Country in – not just to the interior design, but to the built form? How can we go further than commissioning a piece of art?

The problems of tokenism are articulately canvassed, but the speakers also suggest that some actions that may seem tokenistic – like Acknowledgement of Country plaques and recognition on email signatures – are often an important first step. The key is to go further, exploring ways to engage at a deeper level.

Connecting care for Country with sustainability is also fundamental. “Sustainability is such an integral part of caring for Country,” says Annaliese.

The conversation moves across a range of important topics, including the enormous benefits in prioritising relationships, understanding place and duty of care, being respectful, listening, building trust and being protective of First Nations people’s stories.

Watch Danièle and Sarah Lynn Rees yarn about the intent of the session below. Purchase access to the full video above. 


$35 standard or $10 concession (anyone who needs it – students, those not working, part-timers etc). The proceeds will help support Deadly Djurumin activities.

To purchase access through Vimeo on demand, click on the link in the video above.

Concession rates are available to anyone who needs it – students, those working part-time or not working, or anyone else in a tight financial situation. We operate on an honesty system – to access this discount, please use the promo code Concession at checkout.

If you represent an Aboriginal organisation or a teaching institution, please contact Parlour to obtain access at no cost.


1 formal point on completion of the CPD questions. See the overall learning objectives for the series here.

Once completed, you will receive an email with your responses. This provides the evidence of attendance and completion for the session named at the top of this document. Please keep the response email for your records. It counts as your certificate. If you can’t find the email remember to check your spam folder.

The series-wide learning outcomes are as follows:

  • To increase knowledge of Country and Cultural Authority among built environment practitioners
  • To improve understanding of the roles and experiences of of Indigenous practitioners
  • To increase understanding of authorship in relation to cultural knowledge and the implications of this in design contexts
  • To develop understanding of working respectfully and effectively with Traditional Custodians and Knowledge Holders
  • To increase understanding of the impact of design projects on Country
  • To support respectful and meaningful communication

The Deadly Djurumin Yarns are presented as a collaboration between Parlour and Deadly Djurumin. This session was recorded online on Friday 1 October.