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ACT: Wave Hill / Jinparrak / Canberra Exchange - 5 August 2013

NSW: Black On White - 5 August 2013

NSW: CVIAA (Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award) 2013 - 5 August 2013

NSW: Live and Deadly: 20 YEARS OF THE GADIGAL INFORMATION SERVICE - 5 August 2013

NSW: New Acquisitions to the Indigenous Collection - 5 August 2013

NSW: Richard Bell's 'The Dinner Party' Premieres at Artspace - 5 August 2013

TOURING: I'm Your Man - 5 August 2013

VIC: Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2013 Call for Entries - 5 August 2013

NSW: Monthly Weaving Circle - 6 August 2013

QLD: A Night by the Fire with Classik Nawu - 6 August 2013

WA: Black Screen tours the Pilbara Region - 7 August 2013

VIC: Get The Picture: Bits And Pieces From Here And There - A solo exhibition by Brian Mckinnon - 8 August 2013

NSW: UN International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples at the MCA - 9 August 2013

NT: 2013 Garma Festival - 9 August 2013

NT: Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair - 9 August 2013

NT: National Indigenous Music Awards - 10 August 2013

QLD: Kinship IACA Symposium - 14 August 2013

QLD: CIAF Presents - 15 August 2013

QLD: CIAF Presents UMI Arts Big Talk One Fire Concert - 16 August 2013

QLD: Warupaw Uu - Echo of Drums - 16 August 2013

NSW: Western Sydney Arts Forum - 19 August 2013

Jedda: A celebration of Charles Chauvel - 20 August 2013

WA: Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards - 23 August 2013

VIC: Puliima National Indigenous - Language & Technology Forum 2013 - 28 August 2013

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5 February 2014 to 23 February 2014

NSW: Saltwater Visions

NSW

Bark paintings from the Australian National Maritime Museum's Saltwater Collection highlight the efforts of Yolnu people to share their connections to saltwater country with non-Indigenous people.

In 1996 an illegal fishing camp was discovered hidden in the mangroves at Garrangali, a sacred area in Blue Mud Bay in East Arnhem Land. At the camp, a severed head of a crocodile was found. After this desecration of Baru - the ancestor of the Madarrpa clan - Yolngu people began painting a series of barks that demonstrated the rules, philosophies and stories of their region that related to the coast, rivers and waters.

Five of the 10 bark paintings on display were presented as evidence of Yolngu connections to saltwater country in a 2008 High Court case. The court verdict gave precedence to Indigenous rights and use of the Arnhem Land coastline and coastal waters over commercial interests and fishing.

The paintings are natural descendants of the Yirrkala bark petitions presented to the Federal Government in 1963. They bridge two very different traditions of law by explaining and sharing ancestral stories with non-Indigenous people.


Email: info@anmm.gov.au

Phone: +61 2 9298 3777

Website: Saltwater Visions

Venue: Australian National Maritime Museum

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