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Curator Andy Greenslade with Lockhart River mayor Wayne Butcher, elder Patrick Butcher and a canoe made by Patrick’s father, James Butcher in 1976. The canoe is on loan from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Queensland.

Photo: George Serras


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Curator Andy Greenslade with Lockhart River mayor Wayne Butcher, elder Patrick Butcher and a canoe made by Patrickâs father, James Butcher in 1976. The canoe is  on loan from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Queensland.

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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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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

'Some Wandjina went under the land,
They came to stay in the caves
and there we can see them.
Grown men listen to their Wandjina.
Long ago, at another time,
these Wandjina changed the bad ones
into the rocks and the springs
we always drink from.
These places hold our spirits,
these Ungur [eternal Dreaming]
places of the Wandjina.'

Sam Woolagoodja, 1975