Ngoongoolong - (Relatives)

Sandra Hill

Balingup, Australia

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83cm wide x 119.3cm high
Acrylic & oil on canvas and Plywood panel

This work is a celebration of family, kinship, community and culture.

The two moieties or ‘marriage’ groups of the Nyungar people are the Mannaitch (White Cockatoo) and the Wardang (Crow), which are depicted, in the two small canvasses at the top of the painting.

The two central canvasses relate to the thirteen Nyungar tribes or clans. The dots range from light grey to black and are symbolic of our mixed blood, we are all different shades but we are one blood, one people and that is depicted by the central red dot. The red line down the centre of the canvasses symbolises life and the continuity of the bloodlines of the Nyoongar people.

The two lower canvasses represent community on the left and family and kinship on the right. In our communities it is extremely rare to be alone, or to be isolated from your kin or family for any length of time. We all share the responsibilities of caring for all members of the family; our relationships with one another are paramount to our very existence and integral to our way of living.

The black and white lines on the outside of the canvasses represents our journeys, our movements between the different communities and our
Homelands. They are symbolic of our long forgotten song-lines or dreaming tracks.

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