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West Kimberley, Western Australia
Bunuba man Jandamarra grew up at a time when British pastoralists were moving into the Kimberley. Schooled in the traditions of Bunuba culture, he worked in the new settlers' world before leading a war of resistance. Explore how his life and death still resonate today.
Arrange the events
What do you know about the west Kimberley?
See a performance of 'Jandamarra – Sing for the Country'
Watch this video of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing Jandamarra – Sing for the Country (Ngalanybarra Muwayi).
Activity: Take notes to record what you see and hear in these categories:
What message do you think this performance is trying to communicate?
Activity: Look closely at the painting Preparation for Battle at 6 Mile Creek by Jack Macale, pictured above. It has clues that Jandamarra inhabited an Indigenous world and a British world. What are these clues?
Make a list of:
- elements of Indigenous culture in the artwork
- elements of British culture in the artwork
Have a class discussion about why you think Jandamarra is remembered as a leader of his people.
Activity: Think about why the introduction of cows and sheep into Bunuba country led to conflict. Draw two pictures of the same waterhole, one showing its significance to Bunuba people, the other showing its significance to sheep or cattle farmers. What was valuable to each group? What was less useful to each group?
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