The Unwritten Country by Simon Normand
Exhibition dates: December 3, 2010 – January 28, 2011
Photographs & paintings from the Roper River region, South-East Arnhem Land
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The Mangarrayi people were handed back over 5000 square kilometres of land around Elsey Station in 2000. Simon Normand is currently working for the Mangarrayi community to record, photograph and produce
painted cultural maps about their country. Much of this knowledge is in imminent danger of being lost.
This exhibition is a survey of sacred places with unwritten stories that are still known by the Mangarrayi, Alawa, Wagilak and Marra people. These sites are honoured through ceremony and song. Most of these places do not have whitefella names and the oral histories of these sites are precariously held by the Elders and Traditional Owners of this country. They want their knowledge about land preserved for the younger generations.