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Drawn from the Berndt Museum Collection, this exhibition explores the inter-relationship between the people, country and stories of Goulburn Island, Northern Territory, as they were in the past and as they are now.
Featured artwork: Bark painting by Gwadbad No. 2 i.e. 'John', Maung language. RM Berndt Collection, 3rd October 1947, [WU1236]
29 June - 14 December 2013
Little Paintings, Big Stories showcases bark paintings, photographs and sound recordings from the collection that convey the richness of djurrbilk or gossip songs.
The subject matter of these songs is diverse and thoroughly intriguing. Djurrbilk stories use human characters in the guise of animals. The stories are sometimes based on actual events that have happened in the community, but the use of animals obscures the original characters and their actions, protecting their identity and saving embarrassment.
The djurrbilk stories are amusing, and the songs through which these stories are told, are amazing. Aboriginal music will never be quite the same.
The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, based at the University of Western Australia invites various schools and faculties to partner with on exhibitions and develop innovative academic and public programs. The Campus Partner for Little Paintings, Big Stories is the UWA Graduate School of Education.
Storytelling takes on many different forms and is a universal activity throughout different cultures. Come and explore various kinds of storytelling with an afternoon of talks, performances and activities hosted by the Berndt Museum in association with the current exhibition Little Paintings, Big Stories: Gossip Songs of Western Arnhem Land.
Image detail: George Winnunuj playing didgeridoo and John Gwadbu singing and playing clap-sticks. Goulburn Island, Northwest Arnhem Land, NT. Photographer by R.M. Berndt, 1961. [P36925]