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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - The Journeys of the Djan'kawu Sisters – Ancestral Presence in Australian Aboriginal Art

27th November 2014, 17:30 to 18:30, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Professor Howard Morphy (Australian National University)

This lecture will introduce people to Yalangbara, a sacred landscape on the coast of Eastern Arnhem Land in Northern Australia, the country of the Yolngu people. Yalangbara was the destination of the Djan’kawu sisters, Ancestral women who gave birth to the clans of the region. We will follow the Ancestral women’s journey from Buralku, the land of the Morning Star, to Yalangbara through the songs, paintings, sacred objects and dances that recreate their spiritual journey. Yolgnu art will be followed on its journey away from Arnhem Land to museums and art galleries around the world. The global distribution of Yolngu creativity, in the form of artefacts in museum collections, art in galleries, musical performances and films of ceremonies has extended the agency of the Djan’kawu and the Yolngu people, engaging a wider audience in their creative vision.

This lecture is free and open to all. 


Details about Professor Howard Morphy

Directions to Van Mildert College

Map - Van Mildert College is denoted as building No: 4

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.