Djalkiri: Yolngu Art, Collaborations and Collections

Edited by Rebecca J. Conway

Djalkiri are footprints, ancestral imprints on the landscape that provide the Yolŋu people of eastern Arnhem Land with their spiritual foundations.
This book explores Yolŋu art and material culture through the voices of those who have been involved with Yolŋu collections over time. With contributions from Yolŋu elders and artists, art historians and museum curators, it describes how communities and museums have worked together in the past, how the relationship has changed, and how Yolŋu philosophies can guide how we engage with Yolŋu art. Some of the collections featured here were created almost 100 years ago and have rarely been on public display. In Djalkiri, members of the Milingimbi/Yurrwi Island, Ramingining and Yirrkala communities offer insight into their historical, contemporary, and deeper time meanings.

Generally the first composition an artist would learn to know closely would be one painted ceremoniously on his own body, for rites of initiation into adulthood at puberty...

- Djon Mundine, The Native Born, 2000

Indigenous studies

Rebecca J. Conway

Rebecca Conway is a curator of ethnography with Sydney University Museums. She has worked with a diversity of cultural materials in a variety of capacities: from Asia, Africa and the Americas, to Australia and the Pacific, from collection management to curatorial.

Sydney University Press

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Djalkiri: Yolngu Art, Collaborations and Collections
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