Precious works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
WARNING: This website may contain the names, images and artworks of deceased people which may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is strongly entwined with the sea. This exhibition takes us on a journey from Tasmania to Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, exploring this deep connection through art and adornments.
Eora means 'first people' in the language of the Darug, traditional owners of the land the museum now stands on.
Precious works include:
This series of paintings explains the spiritual and legal basis of the Yolngu's claim on the Saltwater Country of north-east Arnhem Land. The stories were painted to teach the Balander (stranger or white people) about the lore and law of the Yolngu people. The collection is a record of sacred lore based on the wisdom of thousands of lifetimes.
"... They represent a social history; an encyclopaedia of the environment; a place; a site; a season; a being; a song; a dance; a ritual; an ancestral story and a personal history."
- Djon Mundine, OAM, Aboriginal curator, on the Saltwater paintings
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777