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Elders initiate Songlines - Tracking the Seven Sisters
On Saturday 23rd January 2021 from 11.00am through to 7.00pm, you are invited to attend, a special exhibition for the WA Museum, Boola Bardip - Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters.

Due to COVID restrictions, bookings are essential for general admission and a walk-up entry will be available until visitor capacity is reached. So, to avoid any disappointment on not being able to see this amazing exhibition, please book through the website or by calling 1300 134 081.

Museums, Exhibitions, Aboriginal, Art, Cultural Events, Free, Perth, Western Australia
Photo courtesy of Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters (Exhibition, Perth)


The story of Songlines is compelling in scale and complexity and conveys an Aboriginal founding narrative using indigenous ways of passing on knowledge through the story of the Seven Sisters. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, ceramics and state-of-the-art multimedia showcasing the deserts of Martu and the Ngaanyatjarra and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people.

The exhibition takes the visitor along the ancestral routes of the Seven Sisters as they fled across the deserts when pursued by the lusty sorcerer known as Nyiru or Yurta. Being an epic story of tragedy and comedy, trickery, desire, sorrow, loss and solidarity, the drama is played out in the night sky by Orion and the Pleiades. The exhibition features the world's highest resolution six-metre-wide travelling dome, which was developed by the National Museum of Australia and captures the interest of all who visit with the images of the Seven Sisters rock art from the remote Cave Hill site in South Australia.

Museums, Exhibitions, Aboriginal, Art, Cultural Events, Free, Perth, Western Australia
Photo courtesy of Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters (Exhibition, Perth)


Visitors will be part of the significant Western Australian stories by walking the songlines of the spiritual and complex pathways and vehicles for naming and locating waterholes and food sources, which are critical for survival in the desert.

This exhibition was initiated by Aboriginal elders who wanted to preserve the Seven Sisters stories and the WA Museum Boola Bardip will be the first venue to present the exhibition to the public. Not only does this exhibition mean a great deal to all the Aboriginal people of our land, but also provides education to all Australians and visitors from other countries to appreciate the history of our first nation occupants.

The exhibition will continue until its closure on 26th April 2021 and entry is free. Bookings of ten persons or more are required to be registered through the museum. WA Museum Boola Bardip is located in the Perth Cultural Centre, Perth. For more information, please call 1300 134 081.
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Why? Cultural, spiritual and moving historical experience
When: 23/1/21 to 26/04/21
Phone: 1300 134 081
Where: WA Museum Boola Bardip
Cost: Free
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Sounds like a great cultural event.
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