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Kimberley Aboriginal country
Aboriginal people of the Kimberley use symbols on objects to carry meaning, a tradition that continues to this day. Explore how British visits to the region carried meaning, and how contemporary Kimberley artists portray the past through symbols.
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What do you know about Kimberley Aboriginal country?
Activity: Look at the Whiteman’s Justice and Spearing Stockmen boab nuts, pictured above, engraved by Jack Wherra. Jack Wherra’s style was influenced by reading comics. In what ways do these two artworks reveal this influence?
Activity: Look at the message stick from the Kimberley Aboriginal people, collected in 1884 and pictured above. A message stick told people that the person carrying it had an important message to tell. What signs and symbols do we use today to let people know a person has a particular role or responsibility? For example, how can we identify a postman or a police officer?