Wardang & Mannaitch (Crow & White Cockatoo)

Sandra Hill

Balingup, Australia

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120cm wide x 99cm high
Oil on Plywood panel

The two marriage groups or moieties of the Nyungar people are the Wardang (Crow) and the Mannaitch (White Cockatoo). The thirteen Nyungar tribes are represented by the red circles that connect the main sections of the ‘songlines’ or ‘dreaming’ tracks in the painting.

The tribes or clans from the South-West of Western Australia are Nganda, Amangu, Yued, Ballardong,Whadjug, Bindjareb, Wilmen, Nyaginyagi, Wudjari, Goreng, Minang, Ganeang, Bibbulmun & Wardandi. My mothers people were from the Ballardong & Wilmen people and my fathers people are from the Minang & Wardandi people.

In one sense the painting is a celebration of the survival of my people and our enduring spirit however, it also brings home the reality of what was before and the sense of loss we have experienced in terms of broken traditions and ways of living in a cultural context as it relates to traditional marriage laws.

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