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Walking through a Songline is a new pop-up digital experience based on part of the National Museum of Australia’s internationally acclaimed exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters. Visitors make their way through stunning projections that show a songline in an artistic and striking way.

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Walking through a Songline

Seven Sisters

This groundbreaking show follows in the tracks of the Seven Sisters Tjukurrpa (Dreaming), across the Western and Central deserts of Australia, as they are chased by a male pursuer. Their encounters are imprinted in the features of the land and tell of where to find food and water and how to behave correctly.

All Ancestral journeys create songlines, which can be seen as pathways or corridors of knowledge. The stories they hold form the foundational history of Australia, as told by artists, custodians and traditional owners.

Walking through a Songline is an immersive experience at the nexus between ancient knowledge and new technology.

Hosting the exhibition

Walking through a Songline is a portable and easily installed exhibition that is suitable for all ages. It consists of a self-contained projection structure that uses visuals, sounds and interpretative panels that provide insights into First Nations songlines and explore how an entire continent has been mapped for, and by, its people over millennia.

Education and public program resources will also be available.

The exhibition requires few prerequisites from participating venues, other than an appropriate space and minimal audio-visual support.

If you are interested in hosting the exhibition, please email touring@nma.gov.au

Acknowledgements

Walking through a Songline is developed by the National Museum of Australia and Mosster Studio with support from the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program and the Museum's donor community.

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This exhibition was also on show at:

  • Tamworth Regional Gallery, New South Wales, 9 July to 28 August 2022
  • Museum of Sydney, New South Wales, 7 May to 17 July 2022
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 12 March to 26 June 2022
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