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Hanover Bay, Kimberley, Western Australia
The Worrorra people of the Kimberley were familiar with visiting outsiders. Explore how an early encounter with a British exploration party broke down, the tradition of making spearpoints, and the adaptability of Kimberley culture.
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What do you know about Hanover Bay?
Activity: Create a poster about a significant object, inspired by this quote from Worrorra Traditional Owner Warren Barunga:
I can’t describe the feeling – to see something so ancient and a sacred item to the individuals who made them – they put their heart and soul into making these tools.
Why do you think seeing the yalga (spearpoint) is so significant for Warren? Have you ever put your heart and soul into the making of something? Do you own something that shows the heart and soul of the maker? Can you think of objects that your community values as precious? Create a poster that shows one object and describes the ways it is significant.
Activity: Traditionally, Worrorra people used stone to make yalga, pictured above. Once pastoralists moved to the Kimberley, bringing new materials with them, Worrorra people began to use glass, porcelain and metal. They made spearheads for ceremonial exchange and as tourist objects. What does this tell you about Worrorra culture?