Travelling our waters
The Australian National Maritime Museum will host the second major national symposium on Australia’s Indigenous Watercraft.
Symposium attendees are invited to the opening of Gapu-Monuk. This exhibition featuring the landmark bark paintings from the Saltwater Collection tells the significant and stunning story of the Yolŋu people of northeast Arnhem Land and their victorious fight for recognition of Indigenous Sea Rights.
Sessions will be conducted by speakers, presenters and practitioners on a range of subjects including diversity and design, stories and traditions, imagery, sea rights, art, commemoration, trade and navigation and materials and techniques.
Nawi2017 aims to build community collaborations and research to create a national picture of this significant area of Australia’s maritime history. It will bring together watercraft communities and those with a common interest in Indigenous craft and river and seagoing voyages and stories.
Key presenters include Djambawa Marawili AM, the ceremonial leader of the Madarrpa clan on north-east Arnhem Land and a lead plaintiff in the Blue Mud Bay Case who will talk about art and the sea rights case; Sheldon Thomas a master Ningher canoe builder from Tasmania who will explore Tasmanian craft and practices; and, Jimmy Thaiday and Lynette Griffiths from Erub who will present their Emerat Nar canoe and ghost net projects from the eastern Torres Strait Islands.
Beau James, Manager Indigenous Programs
Helen Anu, Project Assistant Indigenous Programs
Daina Fletcher, Senior Curator
Stephen Gapps, Curator Environment, Industry and Shipping
David Payne, Curator Australian Register of Historic Vessels
Image above: Detail from Mudhaw Warul (Sheltered Turtles Behind the Reef) © Billy Missi
Images below: Nawi Conference 2012
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