Themes

  • Frank DJEKULA (Gupapuyngu people NT) | Richard GALNGADIWUY| Henry Gambika NUPURRA (Djambarrpuyngu people NT) | Richard Gandhuwuy GA RRAWU RRA (Liyagawumirr people NT) | David Lakarriny GURRUWIWI | Gali Yalkarriwuy GURRUWIWI I Henry Dhalnganda GURRUWIWI | Paul GURRUWIWI | Richard Dhaymutha GURRUWIWI| Trevor GURRUWIWI (Galpu people NT) | Wilson LANYDJURRA (Gunbirrtja Malarra people NT) | Ian WURUWUL (Ganalpuyngu people NT) | Terry Dhurritjini YUMBULUL (Warramirri people NT) | Banumbirr (Morning Star poles) (installation view) (detail) | Wood, bark fibre string, cotton thread,feathers, commercial feathers, human hair, native beeswax, naturalpigments, synthetic polymer paint | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © The artists. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney, 2013

Country and Place

Country and Place considers ideas relating to particular locations. Key ideas: Home (local and familiar places), journey, viewpoints, geography.

Indigenous Australian Art: Country and Place considers the many belief systems connecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples spiritually to the land, sky, sea and waterways of their country. A map locating the major regions of Indigenous Australia is included as a general guide to assist teachers and students as they use this resource.


History and Culture

History and Culture examines perspectives, both contemporary and traditional. Key ideas: Personal history, belonging, conflict, modernity.

Indigenous Australian Art: History and Culture examines Indigenous Australia’s alternative views of history. The artworks in this section of the resource explore significant issues for the lives of Indigenous Australians, including first contact with European settlers and the activities of the Christian missionaries, as well as Indigenous involvement in Australian military campaigns.


Life and People

Life and People addresses political, social and economic issues influencing the lives of people. Key ideas: Identity, nationalism, symbolism, family.

Indigenous Australian Art: Life and People addresses political and social issues influencing the lives of Indigenous Australians. The selected artworks explore issues such as the Apology (2008) and Aboriginal deaths in custody, and also refer to the involvement of Indigenous Australians in sport, music and the arts.