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The Yidinji people of the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland have a rich and vibrant cultural heritage. Explore how that vibrancy continues today through the expression of artists who use contemporary techniques to reflect on the past.
Learn about defending culture
Watch this video of Bindur Bullin man and Yidinji artist Paul Bong talking about shields and his art.
Activity: Have a class discussion about the symbols and meaning in Paul’s artwork.
Learn about the meaning of objects
Watch this video of Gimuy Walabura Yidinji Elder Henrietta Marrie talking about what it means to have objects taken from her traditional lands returned to Australia.
Activity: Have a class discussion about why Henrietta thinks objects in the British Museum collection are important to local communities?
cantchant shield sculpture
Activity: Examine Vernon Ah Kee's cantchant shield sculpture, pictured above. Investigate the life of a grandparent or older person in your community. Make an artwork using their image, or an object that belonged to them, that conveys a significant aspect of their life.
Museums and collections
Activity: How and when do you think the objects pictured above might have been acquired? What does this tell us about the relationships at this time between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people? What is the legacy of such collections?