Objects never before seen by the public and a touch display are new features of the Western Australian Museum’s new Aboriginal Gallery:
(1) a glass panel from Warburton reflecting the travels of the Seven Sisters, the most important ancestral beings in women’s law throughout much of the State;
(2) a taap knife with inset stone flakes bound to a shaft by Xanthorrhoea resin, a rare artefact from the south-west;
(3) a mixed media piece ‘Heritage and Identity’ by Noongar artist Andrea Williams;
(4) an Eagles football signed by Ashley Sampi.
Aboriginal community members and museum staff have worked to produce a re-invigorated exhibition that recognises all of Western Australia’s Aboriginal people.
Seven gallery sections provide an overview of the State’s Aboriginal story with in-depth looks at four major cultural regions: the South-West, desert, North-West and Kimberley and there is an area dedicated to exhibitions showcasing contemporary artists.
The exhibition is in the Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Northbridge.