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First Peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this resource may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.


This project is a strong example of how support from a large organisation (the State Library of Western Australia) can assist local people (Mowanjum Community) with their project to deliver culturally appropriate digital access to important collections.

The Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre (MAACC) is a creative hub and Dolord Mindi a keeping place for the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunambal tribes, who make up the Mowanjum Community some 10 km outside Derby, Western Australia. MAACC and Dolord Mindi service the people of the vast geographic area at the top end of Western Australia.

These three language groups are united by their belief in the Wandjina as a sacred spiritual force and the creators of the land. They are the custodians of Wandjina law and iconography and continue to paint the Wandjina image to share their culture, knowledge and understanding of their way of life. The community uses contemporary materials such as acrylics and print-making as well as traditional boab nut carving and new digital technologies.

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