Yalangbara: art of the Djang'kawu
Location: Darwin, NT
Dates: until July 15Details:
Yalangbara: art of the Djang'kawu presents the mythological, environmental and historical significance of the major site Yalangbara, in north-east Arnhem Land.
Yalangbara or Port Bradshaw is the land sit of the Djang'kawu, the ancestral lawgivers and founders of all Dhuwa moiety clans in north-east Arnhem land. The exhibition illustrates the creative journey of the Djang'kawu from Burralku to Yalangbara, a journey that involved naming animals and plants they encountered, creating the landform, giving birth to the people and performing ceremonies.
On display is a diverse range of over 60 artworks produced by three generations of Marika artists including the very first bark painting produced at Yirrkala in the 1930s, the rare, large crayon drawings collected by anthropologist Ronald Berndt in the 1950s, and the monumental barks collected by Tony Tuckson for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, as well as contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures and fibre items. The Yalangbara digging stick normally on display next to the famous Bark Petition in Parliament House will also be on exhibition.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory