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Curator David Kaus and visiting Kokoberrin artist Shaun Edwards, from far north Queensland, examine a piece of fibre work at the Museum's Indigenous collections store.

Photo: George Serras.


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Curator David Kaus and visiting Kokoberrin artist Shaun Edwards, from far north Queensland, examine a piece of fibre work at the Museum's Indigenous collections store.

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Explore our exhibitions and online features on the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, enduring Indigenous attachment to country and contributions to Australian society.

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STORIES

15 Aug 2014

Jandamarra prepares for final battle in new work

A closeup of the painting, Preparation for Battle at 6 Mile Creek, by Kimberley artist, Jack Macale
Renowned Bunuba resistance figure Jandamarra is the subject of a painting recently acquired by the National Museum of Australia. Preparation for Battle at 6 Mile Creek refers to the Jandamarra's last battle, where he was badly wounded and managed to escape only to be killed after being tracked to Tunnel Creek.

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Did you know?

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program’s web banners and the title of our online newsletter, Goree, were inspired by the bogong moth.

Goree means 'bogong moth' and historically, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples gathered at the site where the Museum stands in Canberra for an annual bogong moth ceremony.


Quotes

Muralkarra (Crow)

Birrirra dordja
Garma bordja
Garanyula-nyula.
Warduba dirrbanga
Wandalanga
Gurta birriraia
Wak wak wak.

Crow rises to dance
Perched on Hollow-log Coffin
At his forest camp.
Crows of the Wardubalma clan
Dance like stars in the night sky
Calling 'Wak wak wak'.

From the Anbarra song-series Jambich
Transcribed and translated by Margaret Clunies Ross