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Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters at the National Museum‎

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Songlines and Storylines
This is probably an exhibition like no other. I cannot know for sure but, I can make an intelligent guess that what has been attempted here is quite extraordinary. This is an amazing collaboration between a number of Aboriginal women, elders, members of the communities and other interested individuals to bring to the public the story of the Seven Sisters Songlines.

This was in part because they felt that their young people were forgetting or not connecting to their past and also because it is such an important element in Aboriginal culture and storytelling, which can now be shared with a wider population.

A short summary of the story is that seven sisters travel across the country trying to escape their pursuer, the evil Yurla or snake. They eventually trap him and eat him which makes them very sick. They then fly over the country to become the stars.

The entrance to the Songlines
The entrance to the Songlines


The exhibition is on from the 15th of September to the 25th of February 2018 at the National Museum in Canberra and if you can see it, please do - it is a marvellous creation within the Museum of scenes, paths, domes and journeys, which are mesmerising and awe-inspiring, to say the least.

Josephine Mick 1994
Josephine Mick 1994


In this piece of art, Josephine visualises the endless journeys of the Seven Sisters from the West of Roeburne to the East in the creation of the Australian continent.
Some of the woven figures
Some of the woven figures


The exhibition brings together paintings, recordings, a digital dome which is an experience in itself, woven figurines and a myriad of songlines which are explained and explored. Allow for plenty of time because there is so much here that you need to be able to absorb it, and give it a second viewing as parts become clearer and others need more investigation. Yes, it is an exhibition which provides answers and leads, but also opens up questions and paths.

Painting a story into life
Painting a story into life

"I see the painting as a skin lifted from the land and resting on the floor holding the sinews of the country underneath it."
Lynette Wallworth 2017.

This installation is a cross-cultural collaboration, featuring the majestic painting Yarrkalpa (The Hunting Ground) depicting creeks, sand hills, plants and animals and an immersive multimedia installation by Lynette Wallworth as she was filming the eight senior Martumili artists who sang and painted this story into life.

You walk into such paths and deserts, country and skies and you are at once looking up and down at all that is around.





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Why? Mesmerising and wonderful exhibition.
When: 15th September to 25th February 2018
Phone: Freecall: 1800 026 132
Where: National Museum of Canberra.
Cost: $15 adult ticket, concessions etc available.
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