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Mowaljarlai Vision and Voice: Storytelling and Keeping of Stories

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Exploring the Role of Aboriginal Storytelling
Learn about the role that storytelling plays in keeping Aboriginal culture alive and documenting it for the future. Peter Bibby and Dr Richard Walley explore this topic during an afternoon session at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on 27th August 2016, inspired by the life and works of David Mowaljarlai (c.1925-1997).

Ngarinyin Lawman Bungal Mowaljarlai OAM was an artist, activist, storyteller, bush professor, lawman, philosopher, and statesman. Known also as David Mowaljarlai, he left behind a legacy in his lifetime quest for cultural right and land rights, and for his prolific and acclaimed contributions to the arts.
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David Mowaljarlai in 1996 at Wandjina site, Bush University. Photo: Susanna Lobez. Source:

Peter Bibby shared many experiences of travelling to country with Mowaljarlai and other senior Indigenous people in the Kimberley and Kakadu. Peter Bibby is a writer and editor who has published many of the stories gathered on these journeys.

Recognised as a 'living treasure', Dr Richard Walley OAM is a respected Aboriginal performer, artist, writer, cultural leader, and advocate for Indigenous affairs. His contribution to arts and culture have won many awards and been revered both nationally and internationally.
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Dr Richard Walley. Image source:

The event is part of the program accompanying the exhibition Mowaljarlai Vision and Voice from the Berndt Museum, taking place at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. The exhibition itself runs until 17th September 2016 and the storytelling event will be held on 27th August 2016 at 3 PM.

Join Peter Bibby and Dr Richard Walley as they explore the contribution of storytelling to the cultural landscape, inspired by the vision and voice of Mowaljarlai. Tickets to the storytelling session are free but need to be reserved through

David Mowaljarla
David Mowaljarlai at the Berndt Museum. Source:
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When: Saturday 27 August 2016 3:00 PM
Where: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Crawley
Cost: Free
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