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9 February 2018 / leggypeggy

Tracking the Seven Sisters

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1. Minyipuru (Seven Sisters) 2007

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2. The Seven Sisters 2003–04 by Tjanpi Desert Weavers. Their pursuer is on the right

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3. Seven Sisters Songline 1994 by Josephine Mick

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters is one of the most remarkable and moving exhibitions ever shown at the National Museum of Australia.

As the exhibit says ‘At first glance, the Seven Sisters songline is the story of an ancestral shape-shifter and the women he pursues. It is also a tale of survival, resilience and endurance arising from the endless drama of flight and pursuit, and the ability of women to overcome the threats and dangers that face them.’

Clearly, the #MeToo phenomenon has been around for centuries, and the Seven Sisters were among the first ‘victims’.

Minyipuru Pangkalpa by Nancy Nyanjilpayi Chapman, 2015

4. Minyipuru Pangkalpa 2015 by Nancy Nyanjilpayi Chapman

Or were they? This exhibit makes the point that the sisters usually managed to stay one step ahead of their pursuer.

Now, first off, you need to know that much of Aboriginal history is based on Dreamtime stories that have been handed down through the centuries. The stories explain landmarks, water features, plants, the sky, people, personalities and so much more.

I can’t pretend to know much about any of this, so instead of trying to rewrite explanations about this exhibit, I will often use the words posted with the displays.

So here goes.

5. Yarrakalpa (Hunting Ground) 2013 by eight artists

5. Yarrakalpa (Hunting Ground) 2013 by eight artists

A multimedia clip of the artists working on Yarrakalpa

A multimedia clip of the artists working on this piece, Yarrakalpa

A sketch explaining the various elements of Yarrakalpa

A sketch explaining the various elements of Yarrakalpa

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters is a journey along the Ancestral routes of the sisters as they flee across deserts, pursued relentlessly by a sorcerer. This is an epic tale of tragedy and comedy, obsession and trickery, obsession and loss, solidarity and sorrow—a universal drama played out in the night sky by Orion and the Pleiades, and a terrestrial creation story in which the land has a starring role.

‘The Seven Sisters story is a saga of mythological dimensions and meanings. It is of a kind with Greek legends of gods transforming themselves into swans and bulls and showers of gold in order to seduce the women they desire. But the Australian desert story has a more ribald, raunchy element.

‘In retelling the Seven Sisters story here, the museum becomes the three deserts of the Martu, the Ngaanyatjarra and the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjnatjara peoples, the paintings become portals to place, and the films and audio pieces replicate the inma, or the song and dance that embody the story.

Baskets by Martumili artists

Baskets by Martumili artists Ngamaru Bidu, Kanu Nancy Taylor and Mantararr Rosie Williams, 2013

Piti (bowls) Australian Aboriginal art

Piti (bowls) made by Margaret Dagg, Tospy Tjulyata and Nyurpaya Kaika Burton between 1997 and 2003

In 2017, Inawinytji Williamson wrote about the display and the Tjukurpa behind it. If you’re interested click through to more detail about what Tjukurpa means. Williamson said, ’The Seven Sisters Tjukurpa—our Dreaming creation law—is very important to us, we hold it strongly and teach it to the generations that come after us.

‘This Tjukurpa travels through many people’s country: the Martu, Ngaanyatjarra, Pithjantjatjara and Yankunytjnatjara lands. This really big Tjukurpa belongs to many people in the north, east, south, west and centre. Many people tell this story in different languages.

Wati Nyiru by Judy Trigger in 2013

Wati Nyiru by Judy Trigger in 2013. Judy shows Wati Nyiru camouflaging himself as a tree (on the left) while he spies on the sisters.

‘We have brought the song, story and paintings full of Tjukurpa—the creation spirit of the Seven Sisters—to put in our Canberra exhibition. We want to show this major creation story here so many other people can look, learn and increase their understanding. And it’s for teaching all our children, our granddaughters and grandsons—to keep the culture strong. That is why we are making this exhibition so everyone can see and understand that our Tjukurpa law stands strong today.’

Today there are about 500 different Aboriginal peoples spread across Australia, each with their own language and territory and usually made up of a large number of separate clans.

The Seven Sisters cross virtually all these clans. In the west, the sisters are collectively called Minyipuru and their male pursuer is Yurla. As they travel eastward, the sisters are known as Kungkarrangkalpa (also Kungkarangkalpa), and the lovestruck man (sorcerer) is Wati Nyiru.

As the display explains ‘the sisters are not simply victims in their own story. At times flustered and flighty, they can be as tricky and clever as the sorcerer who transforms into multiple guises to trick the sisters he attempts to possess.

‘When the sorcerer’s lust overcomes his reason, and a part of him cuts loose in the form or kuniya the carpet snake, the sisters capture and wrestle it out of their country, flinging it away and watching it flicker and gleam with the colours of the rainbow, while the shape-shifter chases it over the western horizon. 

Kungkarangkalpa Atila 2014 by Tjunkaya Tapaya

Kungkarangkalpa Atila 2014 by Tjunkaya Tapaya, Ernabella Arts centre. The Songlines are in yellow

‘The Seven Sisters story is more than a moral narrative of actions and their consequences. It reflects a world in which necessity drives behaviour, power is negotiable and flexible, and resilience is the quality that ensures survival.’

The artworks accompanying Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters have been produced by artists from across Australia. Some pieces have been created by as many as eight artists working together.

The exhibition is loaded with special elements. Three items that helped to bring the artworks to life were an overhead video (visitors lie on beds to view), a collection of life-sized sisters hung from the ceiling and a re-creation of an Aboriginal art centre.

Aboriginal art studio re-creation

Aboriginal-owned art centres (this isn’t a real one) are dotted across the Central and Western deserts of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

Songlines were recognised as Indigenous law and given legal authority in the Australian Federal Court during the Ngaanyatjarra people’s successful claim, in 2005, to more than 180,000 square kilometres of land. 

Below are captions for the photographs that are numbered. This blog theme plays havoc with long captions and I really wanted to include the artists’ names and other detail.

By the way, Songlines is on show until 25 February. There is a symposium about the exhibit on 23 February.

P.S. Do you have a favourite artwork? I have too many.

Kungkarangkalpa 2014

6. Kungkarangkalpa 2015 by five sisters, all from the Tjala Arts centre

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1. Minyipuru is a collaborative work by three sisters—Muni Rita Simpson, Mantararr Rosie Williams and Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs. They show the seven sisters ‘following’ survival lines to travel across from waterhole to waterhole. Many of these waterholes are now wells on the Canning Stock Route, which is shown as the thick red line through the middle of the painting.

2. Six women weavers—Kanytjupayi Benson, Ivy Laidlaw Hopkins, Nalda Searles, Jean Inyalanka Burke, Thisbe Purich and Elaine Warnatjura Lane—worked on this life-sized version of The Seven Sisters. Their pursuer sits off to the right. This is the first artwork you see on entering the exhibition.

Kungkarrangkalpa 2014 by Angilyiya Tjapiti Mitchell

Kungkarrangkalpa 2014 by Angilyiya Tjapiti Mitchell. This shows the sisters at Minyma Ngampi. The blue circles are holes they dug and the carpet snake, kuniya, is in the middle.

3. In the Seven Sisters Songline, Josephine Mick shows the sisters paths of travel from the west near Roebourne to the east north of Sydney. The larger black circles represent major cities and the lands of the Kamilaroi and the Bundjalung peoples. The work is now incomplete because a separate piece, of Tasmania, went missing following an international exhibition.

4. In Minyipuru Pangkalpa, Nancy Nyanjilpayi Chapman shows the seven sisters teasing Yurla, their pursuer. The peach oval in the middle is the sisters camping. Other groups of seven shapes represent the sisters dancing, sleeping, sitting and painting themselves.

'The Wobblies' by residents from Wanarn Aged Care Facility

‘The Wobblies’ by residents from Wanarn Aged Care Facility. These works were produced when aged-care nurses gave residents paints and cardboard.

5. Yarrakalpa is encyclopaedic, containing a knowledge of plants and animals, of seasons and fire, of permanent and temporary water sources. It also describes the landscape. The Martumili artists are Kumpaya Girgirba, Yikartu Bumba, Kanu Nancy Taylor, Ngamaru Bidu, Yuwali Janice Nixon, Reena Rogers, Themla Judson and Ngalangka Nola Taylor.

6. Kungkarangkalpa was painted by artists from the Tjala Arts centre. Tjungkara Ken, the youngest of five sisters, dreamt they would paint on a round canvas. This is the result. The other sisters are Yaritji Young, Maringka Tunkin, Freda Brady and Sandra Ken. The painting tracks across 600 kilometres of the Northern Territory and South Australia, and conveys knowledge of bush medicines, bush food and water sources.

Yinunmara 1997 by Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates

Yinunmara 1997 by Tjapartji Kanytjuri Bates. I have to finish off with this one. Based on the caption posted at the museum, Poor John noticed the painting was hung upside down. He reported it.

 

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  1. beetleypete / Feb 9 2018 11:09 pm

    Some stunning work, and the history associated with it is fascinating too. Thanks for letting us share your visit, Peggy.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 9 2018 11:14 pm

      You are most welcome, Pete. We plan to fit in another visit before it closes.

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  2. dfolstad58 / Feb 9 2018 11:41 pm

    Very detailed and well reported. I knew nothing about this before. Thank you

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  3. pvcann / Feb 9 2018 11:57 pm

    That is just awesome, loved this very much. We have even followed parts of the songline across the centre, it is wonderful.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 8:50 am

      We’ve followed a bit of the songline too. Such an amazing story.

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      • pvcann / Feb 10 2018 10:36 am

        It sure is, would love to see the display, but glad you’ve enjoined us

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 12:47 pm

        I hope the exhibit travels around Australia.

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  4. derrickjknight / Feb 10 2018 12:11 am

    A thorough, fascinating, journey, Peggy

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  5. klmalcolm2014 / Feb 10 2018 12:32 am

    This is really inspirational. Will it be moving to another site? Thank you!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 8:54 am

      You’re welcome. So far, no other showings have been announced.

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  6. Monica Graff / Feb 10 2018 12:57 am

    I love all the color and texture and story in these pieces. I agree that the #metoo movement has been underway in some form or fashion throughout history worldwide for a very, very long time. Thanks for sharing these photos and information.

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  7. Robert Parker / Feb 10 2018 1:08 am

    Just wonderful. The works that look like a hybrid of woven tapestry and mosaic are spectacular and incredibly full of life. I’ve seen very limited displays of aboriginal art, but “nothing like this”! I love the idea of reclining and seeing the video overhead, too. I’ve always loved maps, and “Yarrakalpa” is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 8:56 am

      I love maps too, and am always amazed by how many pieces of Aboriginal art are maps. Yarrakalpa is fabulous and enormous.

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  8. Midlife Dramas in Pyjamas / Feb 10 2018 1:09 am

    You always manage to find the most stunning artwork Peggy!

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  9. Gilda Baxter / Feb 10 2018 1:16 am

    Fantastic work…we can still relate so much to the meaning behind these tales. I have never heard of the “Seven Sisters”, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 8:58 am

      Songlines and the Seven Sisters are at the core of Aboriginal culture. You might like Bruce Chatwin’s book ‘The Songlines’.

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  10. sidilbradipo1 / Feb 10 2018 1:22 am

    Impressive art! And absolutely fascinating aboriginal story and myth 😀
    WOW ❤
    Ciao
    Sid

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  11. Jane Gealy / Feb 10 2018 1:25 am

    So colourful! I especially love the striped baskets, I could certainly find a use for those!

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  12. Amy / Feb 10 2018 1:42 am

    So cool!

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  13. ralietravels / Feb 10 2018 1:45 am

    This was a fascinating post. In addition to the art, story and history, I was intrigued to learn there are still about 500 groups each with their own language. I supposed that all the Aboriginals shared a common language and culture and just were divided into territorial clans.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 9:01 am

      There have always been many languages. Australian Aboriginals often speak three or more languages, with English not being their main one.

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  14. NL Hawekotte / Feb 10 2018 2:04 am

    Oh my gosh, Peg, what a generous post about a spectacular exhibit. I’ve always been fascinated and moved by Dreamtime art and it’s rare to see in this detailed context in the States. I’ll be spending some more time with you over this entry. Thank you! NLH

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 2:31 pm

      Oh Nancy, you would love our National Art Gallery. It has the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. I plan on doing a post about the gallery, but it will be a little while. These things take time to pull together.

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  15. Gilles Labruyère / Feb 10 2018 3:28 am

    Superb pieces of art, truly exceptional ! Is there a book or a website where I can read the myth of the seven sisters ? Many thanks, Peggy, for these pictures.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 9:05 am

      There is a book about the exhibit—http://shop.nma.gov.au/books/aboriginal.html?p=3. Bruce Chatwin wrote a book called ‘The Songlines’ that is much broader in scope. This article has more about the sisters—https://japingkaaboriginalart.com/articles/star-dreaming-seven-sisters/

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  16. Andrew Petcher / Feb 10 2018 3:56 am

    Looks wonderful, wish I could get to see it!

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  17. chattykerry / Feb 10 2018 4:36 am

    I am awestruck at the vivid colors of the art. We have some synchronicity with your seven sisters and my dolls at Doll Temple. There are so many central themes in religion and paganism. It is wonderful to have the art of indigenous people showcased.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 11:59 am

      The colours are so vibrant. And yes, I also thought of the links between this and your Doll Temple.

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  18. Sy S. / Feb 10 2018 5:17 am

    LeggyPeggy,

    Another “Gem” of a post… fascinating, amazing Australian Aboriginal Artwork… and now stories to go along. And “SOUND” as well (The Digital Dome). People reading this blog post might want to go to the URL mentioned in the post;
    Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters
    National Museum Australia
    Digital Dome Experience
    >>”Immerse yourself in the stories of the Seven Sisters songlines under our six-metre, state-of-the-art dome.”<<

    Thanks again.. wonderful..

    Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 12:00 pm

      Thanks Sy. The Digital Dome is extraordinary. I’m going again on Wednesday.

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  19. V.J. Knutson / Feb 10 2018 5:25 am

    The colours and textures and history – amazing! thanks for sharing.

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  20. Brian Paul Bach / Feb 10 2018 5:49 am

    A fine coverage of an extraordinary exhibit, Peggy. Thanks for conveying it to we of the long distances!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 12:02 pm

      Thanks Brian. As you might imagine, it took me ages to pull this together.

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  21. Catnip Blog / Feb 10 2018 5:55 am

    FABULOUS!

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  22. Lynz Real Cooking / Feb 10 2018 6:09 am

    You share amazing things Peggy! Things I have never seen and most likely will not! Amazing

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  23. almeidadepaulo / Feb 10 2018 6:54 am

    Wonderful Peggy!!!

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  24. koolkosherkitchen / Feb 10 2018 9:23 am

    Stunning art and a fascinating story – thank you, Peggy, for inspiring me to research it further. The upside down painting is, of course, a perfect punchline!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 12:06 pm

      The upside-down painting was very near the exit. Poor John noticed that the baby was in the bottom left corner, not the top right as the card stated. He reported to a security guard who was shocked and said he’d pass it on straightaway.

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  25. gerard oosterman / Feb 10 2018 10:34 am

    This post is a form of art as well. Great and fascinating insight in Aboriginal art and culture. What a privilege for us to be allowed into their world and what a gift to the world it is.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 12:07 pm

      Perhaps you and Helvi can make it down to Canberra before it closes at the end of the month. I’d take you.

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  26. Julie Manley / Feb 10 2018 11:01 am

    They are all just glorious, must go and see it.

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  27. Curt Mekemson / Feb 10 2018 11:11 am

    What an amazing amount of creativity, Peggy. It speaks to how deeply the story is woven into Aboriginal and Australian culture. Like you, I have many favorites. What’s not to like… Thanks for the in-depth post. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 12:08 pm

      You are most welcome Curt. I think they’re all favourites, but then I’m biased.

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  28. Alison and Don / Feb 10 2018 11:12 am

    Thanks for sharing this Peggy. I would definitely go to this exhibition if I was in Canberra. I can’t pick a favourite really, all the art is so beautiful, but maybe the fourth and fifth photos, and the baskets.
    Alison

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2018 12:09 pm

      The piece in that fifth picture is about 3 metres by 4 metres—absolutely huge—and so very detailed.

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  29. Oz's Travels / Feb 10 2018 12:23 pm

    Looks like a great show. Thanks for sharing

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  30. Deb / Feb 11 2018 1:05 am

    Wow I can see why this took you a week Peggy….so much information. What a fascinating story, I am unfamiliar with it. The exhibit must be extraordinary to see. I think my two favorite pieces are #4 and #6 both they are all so interesting to dissect, if you will. Funny that Poor John noticed the piece was hung upside down.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 11 2018 7:41 am

      Those are both great pieces with such intense colours. Poor John is super observant and saw that the description card and painting didn’t match up unless you turned the painting over.

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      • Deb / Feb 11 2018 11:24 am

        I think it was the colors that really attracted me to them! Way to go Poor John!! 🙂

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  31. The Year I Touched My Toes / Feb 11 2018 4:09 pm

    Hi Peggy,
    This is a beautiful post. I saw Tarnanthi an exhibition at the Gallery of South Australia while I was in Adelaide in January. It was gorgeous, I kick myself for not having bought the book and for not going a second time. Unfortunately it’s closed now.

    It was beautifully curated and as you have pointed out in your post, the videos, lighting etc can make it very special. I did find the magazine which shows a bit of it. Thought you might be interested https://issuu.com/artgalleryofsouthaustralia/docs/connect_issue_14 Let me know if the link doesn’t work Some the artists may have been represented in Tarnanthi some of the works similar to some I remember in the Adelaide exhibition.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 11 2018 6:29 pm

      Hi Louise, the link works fine. Many thanks. I’ll be in Adelaide in the middle of March. Do you want me to see if the book is still on sale there?

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      • The Year I Touched My Toes / Feb 11 2018 8:48 pm

        Hi Peggy, That’s very kind of you to offer. I actually will be there for the week end in a couple of weeks, I might pick one up then. Are you going to be heading further north too or is that the destination?

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 11 2018 10:09 pm

        I’d love to be heading north, but this trip is for a wedding. We have a Danish exchange student, so we’ll go and come back this time.

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  32. Phil Huston / Feb 12 2018 2:27 am

    Coyote and Changing Bear, the Kiowa Grandmothers, the Seven Sisters…There is such commonality in these, makes you wonder how all these disparate groups managed such a consistent mythology. Joseph Campbell does a good job, but maybe it’s like the guy with electrocuted hair says. “I’m not saying it was aliens. But it was aliens.” Another thought – the ribald tales are the first told. When the Italians were a lost lot and their language was in fragments, here came the French minstrels with their naughty songs. The Italians toned them down, made them more romantic, but that was part of the thread they used to sew themselves a new language. Run sisters, run! Patriarchy has a prehistoric head start.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 12 2018 9:48 am

      Wow, the Kiowa Grandmothers! I hadn’t heard of them before. Thanks for introducing me to them. And yes, the consistent mythology across cultures is amazing.

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      • Phil Huston / Feb 12 2018 1:04 pm

        Little known fact – my mother was an honorary Keeper of the Grandmother Bags. Myths and creationism and amazing abstract art are the unifying elements of all of us. A people and a planet and a story. Stories are how we understand our cross cultural connections to each other. Nothing is lost as long as we keep telling them.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 12 2018 2:02 pm

        That is oh-so true. I revel in the stories and the art that tell our histories.

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  33. Julie Manley / Feb 12 2018 10:09 am

    I really love Kungkarrangkalpa 2014 by Angilyiya Tjapiti Mitchell, but they are all absolutely beautiful.

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  34. J.D. Riso / Feb 12 2018 10:23 am

    What an incredible exhibition. The Dreamtime is so rich and mysterious. Interesting that with all of those different tribes and languages this tale manages to inhabit each one. Thanks for the tour.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 12 2018 2:05 pm

      You are most welcome. A few comments up, Phil Huston mentioned the similarity of stories running through many cultures. In particular, he mentioned the Coyote and Changing Bear, and the Kiowa Grandmothers.

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  35. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder / Feb 12 2018 11:27 am

    Stunning artworks! Thanks for sharing… 🙂

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  36. kkessler833 / Feb 13 2018 2:48 am

    Great post! My mother-in-law is one of seven sisters!

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  37. jeanleesworld / Feb 13 2018 2:07 pm

    What an amazing display of color and myth! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  38. Sartenada / Feb 14 2018 7:55 pm

    Awesome post and extremely interesting. I love art in its many faces. In Finland, our people love carved animals and especially carved bears. We have even bear carving contests. Thank You.

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  39. Agness of eTramping / Feb 15 2018 10:20 pm

    This seems like an exceptional exhibition which I would love to see, Peggy. Thanks for the amazing pictures. I am adding this exhibition to my bucket list when in Australia.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 15 2018 11:18 pm

      So glad you liked it. You’d better come to Australia quick because I think the exhibition closes in 10 day. I’m hoping it travels the country.

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  40. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Feb 16 2018 7:57 am

    I’ve long been enchanted by Aboriginal art and history, teaching a simplified version to my young art students. I made sure to explain something of Dreamtime, being open to that which is unfamiliar, and respectful of ancient culture. These photos are wonderful and I really appreciate the extensive captioning that make it more comprehensible. One of our local museums used to dedicate an entire room to a good Australian art exhibit and I brought my students each year to see it. I can’t decide on a favorite either but I do like the way everything is displayed, even with the model of an art studio. Community on behalf of community – this is how understanding and compassion are built.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 16 2018 10:32 am

      Thanks for your wonderful comment and your long-standing interest in Aboriginal art and history. I visited the exhibit again yesterday, taking three friends who had not yet seen it (all out-of-towners). They loved it and were especially impressed by the vibrancy and colours.

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  41. WamblingWabbitsRambling / Feb 16 2018 9:34 am

    Such beautiful photos of such beautiful things, it’s a good read. Absolutely incredible, thank you for giving me a chance to bare witness even if it’s not up close.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 16 2018 1:30 pm

      You are most welcome. I enjoyed the exhibit so much, I went again yesterday.

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  42. Emma Cownie / Feb 16 2018 8:17 pm

    These works are stunning. So vibrant and energetic. Thank you.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 16 2018 10:05 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. Really appreciate your interest in my blog.

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      • Emma Cownie / Feb 17 2018 2:45 am

        I am always looking for interesting blogs to follow and yours is particularly well-researched and engaging.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 17 2018 2:35 pm

        Thanks so very much. I try hard to make each post short, informative and interesting.

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  43. efge63 / Feb 16 2018 8:52 pm

    Amazing !!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  44. tony / Feb 17 2018 10:31 pm

    Great Article Peggy! The most impressive thing about this exhibition for me is that it is only the tip of the iceberg. I thought the Canning Stock Route Exhibition a few years ago was slightly more sophisticated, but the really impressive thing about this ten year project was that it was recording the seven sisters story from different areas in great depth for future generations of key indigenous people on country, because it would otherwise be lost. The current custodians of the knowledge are old. Initially the women but also the men became involved and are using the ANU as repository for the knowledge. A first I think.

    Kind regards
    Tony
    http://breadtagsagas.com/

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2018 9:42 am

      Thanks Tony. I totally agree that it is wonderful and important that this story is recorded and widely shared. I tried to buy the book on the exhibit (as I did with the Canning Stock Route exhibit) but it was sold out. The reprint should be available in three weeks. Clearly many others see the value in keeping the story alive.

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  45. Anita / Feb 18 2018 11:39 pm

    Great sculpture, i really enjoy the images
    Thank you for sharing
    Nice sunday
    Kisses

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  46. paolsoren / Feb 22 2018 8:47 am

    Bloomin’ heck. That is just wonderful. Just think that someone once said the Aborigines had no culture!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 22 2018 3:04 pm

      It is wonderful. It closes next Wednesday. You should scoot on up to Canberra for a look!

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  47. barkinginthedark / Feb 26 2018 9:59 am

    truly original …and beautiful. continue…

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  48. milliethom / Feb 28 2018 10:39 pm

    A fantastic display and the artwork is simply stunning. I can understand how important it is to aboriginal peoples to keep their ancient culture alive. Their history in recent centuries has been a tragic one, and it’s wonderful to know that they’re now being given recognition and rights they should never have lost in the first place. But we can’t turn back the clock.
    There’s so much interesting detail in your post, Peggy and I learnt a lot from reading it. You’ve done a wonderful job in putting it all together. I can imagine how long it took!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 1 2018 1:41 pm

      Thank you Millie. It did take a long time to do this post. The exhibit closed on Wednesday and I went one last time on Tuesday.

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  49. Pat @ Travel ETA Australia / Mar 21 2018 5:43 pm

    Hi there,
    I just want you to know that you’re making a big part of letting the people know about Tracking the Seven Sisters. It leaves me with awe all throughout the read and I have so much to learn. Thank you for sharing.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 21 2018 10:05 pm

      You are most welcome. I hope the exhibit travels around Australia.

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  50. America On Coffee / Mar 23 2018 2:25 pm

    Loved this!

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    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  52. litebeing / May 31 2018 2:43 am

    Reblogged this on litebeing chronicles and commented:
    This art is beyond incredible. Intuitively I found myself at this site and I am inexplicably drawn to this form of Aboriginal art. Fantastic art and the Pleiades, a splendid combination!

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