Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, Derby

In the culture of the Worrora, Ngarinyin, and Wunumbul tribes, which make up the Mowanjum community outside Derby, Western Australia, the Wandjina is the supreme spirit being.

The tribes came together early this century at the Kunmunya Presbyterian mission and the government settlement at Munja. Since 1950, they have endured many forced moves, first to Wotjulum, then to the old Mowanjum site and, finally, to the present day Mowanjum site about 15 kilometres outside Derby.

As with most complex cultures, opinions about creation can differ. According to David Mowaljarlai (dec), a highly respected Mowanjum elder, the Worora, Ngarinyin and Wunumbul people are the three Wandjina tribes. Only these three tribes see the Wandjinas as the true creators of the land. Many other Australian Aboriginal tribes believe that the Dreamtime snake or Rainbow Serpent was the main creative force.
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  • We were impressed by the well maintained Art Gallery and the quality of the paintings on display. I was tempted to purchase but have nowhere to display. The short film on the history of the people was...  more »
  • Was told to visit this with the promise it was on bitumen & close to town. It was excellent. The art centre had a short film in the cinema which was very good and explained some of the recent history ...  more »
  • Not far out of Derby on the Gibb River Rd., we were told that this Community Art Gallery and Cultural Centre was established with funding to display a wide range of local indigenous art & artefacts. S...  more »
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  • Fantastic indigenous art by a very proud people. I purchased a painting which will continue to remind me of the West Kimberleys
  • Fantastic Art Amazing Exhibition Friendly Service Meeting Artist Modern Artcentre
  • Learn about an ancient culture of the Kimberley. The free presentation is great. Oh and of course the art is amazing
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  • Great presentation, and representation of community pride, and their willingness to share their stories. Thank you, especially to Amelia.👍

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