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Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters was an Aboriginal-led exhibition that took visitors on a journey along the epic Seven Sisters Dreaming tracks through art, Indigenous voices, innovative multimedia and other immersive displays.

Songlines was previously on show at the Museum from 15 September 2017 to 28 February 2018.

Digital dome experience

Songlines featured a state-of-the-art dome which took visitors on a journey across the Australian desert.

The epic saga of the Seven Sisters is an age-old creation story that traces the Seven Sisters’ journey across the country. They are pursued by Wati Nyiru and eventually ascend into the night sky as the Pleiades star cluster.

You can view the dome experiences online.

Colour photo of people viewing visual projections on a large dome above.

Pantjiti Lewis, Rene Kulitja and Alison Carroll experience DomeLab, part of Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Creating and curating Songlines

Portrait of a woman standing in front of a painting. - click to view larger image
Margo Neale

In a fascinating audio program, senior Indigenous curator Margo Neale tells the story of how Songlines came into being over a period of more than five years.

The project was inspired by an investigative collaboration between senior custodians of Martu country and Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) and Ngaanyatjarra lands of Australia’s central and western deserts, along with the National Museum of Australia, the Australian National University and other partners.

Neale offers a glimpse behind the scenes into the production and curation of the project, as well as collaboration with communities and partners.

Creating and curating Songlines

The fascinating story of how the exhibition Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters came into being, over a period of more than five year, as told by the lead curator.

Seven Sisters interactives

The Seven Sisters songline stretches across the country, and through our digital interactive you can explore two different parts of it. The significant rock art site of Walinynga (Cave Hill), and the dynamic collaborative artwork project that created tjanpi Seven Sisters Are Flying.

Each woven tjanpi figure represents one of the Seven Sisters. You can learn more about how they were created and the artists that created them.

We’ll keep bringing objects, collections, exhibitions and programs from the vault as part of the Museum from Home experience. Stay tuned!

In our collection

Female sculpture of the Flying Seven Sisters - made by Jennifer Nginana Mitchelll and Belle Karrika Davidson, 2015The Seven Sisters Songline travels from the west to the east across the far western and central deserts. The sisters are pursued by a man, Yurla in the west and Wati Nyiru further east, who is a shape shifter with transformative powers. He becomes besotted by one of the sisters and pursues them endlessly in order to possess them...
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