Ngulla Wellamunagaa celebrates the survival, continuity and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures as told through stories affirming ongoing connections to Country.
These stories embody the essence of Ngulla Wellamunagaa – Trees that Have Survived and Revived. Each story demonstrates the strength and resilience of the human spirit, as voiced by the people themselves.
The exhibition includes generous contributions from the communities and materials from the extensive collections at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
Presented by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and supported by the National Museum of Australia.
Wupun (Sun mat), circa 1980,
Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Ngan’gikurrungurr,
merrepen (sand palm) and natural dyes, 130 cm (diameter).
Ocean Guardian, 2017,
Brian Robinson, Kala Lagaw Ya/Maluyligal/Wuthathi/Dayak people,
cast aluminium with incised decoration (minaral), 110 x 155 cm.
Kangaroo Tooth Necklace with Kangaroo Toe, 2017,
Maree Clarke, Mutti Mutti/Wamba Wamba/Yorta Yorta/Boon Wurrung,
kangaroo teeth and toes, leather, sinew, emu oil and ochre, 205 x 8.5 x 1 cm.
Grace Lillian Lee,
cotton webbing, goose feathers, beads, timber cane, cotton and wool thread, 68 x 28 x 76 cm.