The Ngurrara: The Great Sandy Desert Canvas exhibition, developed by the South Australian Museum, centred on one of the largest and most spectacular Aboriginal Western Desert paintings: the great Ngurrara Canvas.
The canvas was painted by senior traditional owners of the Great Sandy Desert of northern Western Australia during native title tribunal hearings in 1997.
This imposing painting was exhibited alongside paintings and films made during the painters' recent visits to their ancestral land, juxtaposed with artefacts, crayon drawings and regional maps made by the painters' parental generation during a 1952 anthropological expedition.
Ngurrara: The Great Sandy Desert Canvas was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 5 April to 22 June 2008 in the First Australians Focus Gallery.
The great Ngurrara Canvas
The great Ngurrara Canvas is one of the largest and most spectacular Aboriginal Western Desert paintings. It was painted by senior traditional owners of the Great Sandy Desert of northern Western Australia as an emotionally and politically charged expression of their links to their country, for presentation to the National Native Title Tribunal in 1997.
Supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia.