Cook Book explores the merging of traditional Aboriginal cultural practices with westernised 21st-century knowledges and tools. As Aboriginal people, we have passed down stories to the next generation for hundreds of centuries in order to preserve timeless knowledges and our way of life—even through the onslaught of change that invasion and forced assimilation brought with it. In our contemporary landscape, cultural practices lending from natural systems and environments including hunting, cooking, crafts, building and language have extended to incorporate western technologies and tools. Cook Book considers the role of western implements in Indigenous cultural practices through a play on language that acts as a narration.
Hayley Millar Baker is a First Nations woman and research-based artist who uses photography and film to
abstract and interrogate semi-autobiographical narratives. She reflects on the potential for personal
recollections and historical accounts to become improvised and embellished. Millar Baker explores human
experiences through a lens that is non-exclusive and non-linear. Her perspective is connected within memory
and contemporary storytelling.