Gija Community’s Permanent Installation - SharingStories Foundation


Gija Community’s Permanent Installation

November 2020

In late 2020, Gija Community’s permanent installation was launched in the Origins gallery at the WA Museum, ‘Boola Bardip’.

The Origins Gallery features some of Western Australia’s unique and iconic landscapes through Aboriginal peoples’ ancient and enduring connection to Country. The gallery features four major displays and eight smaller displays from 12 language groups in Western Australia.

As part of the exhibition, an interactive display panel was created by the Gija Community in partnership with SharingStories Foundation. Led by Senior Gija Cultural Custodian, Shirley Drill, the bilingual display panel  includes the Jirraginy joo Goorrarndal: Frog and Brolga, maps of Gija Country and drone footage.   The Gija interactive display panel showcases the unique and iconic landscape of the East Kimberley and shares community voices talking about their culture and their enduring connection to Country.   Much of the content was created by students at Purnululu School (Aboriginal Independent Community School) in Frog Hollow and Cultural Custodians from the Warmun Art Centre. The exhibition also encompasses an artistic sculptural impression of Gawarre (the Bungle Bungle Ranges) and an artwork by Senior Custodian, Phyllis Thomas.

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