Eora First People

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Discover precious works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
21 February to 30 December
9.30am-5pm
(02) 9298 3777
2 Murray Street
Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000
www.anmm.gov.au

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:

  • Elaborately carved and painted Pukumani burial poles from the Tiwi people.
  • Hollow log coffins decorated with the story of Mäna the shark.
    Ceremonial sculptures and handwoven works from Arnhem Land and Cape York delicate shell work from Tasmania.
  • Spectacular headdresses, body ornaments and dance machines of the Torres Strait.

Special feature: Saltwater - Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country

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.