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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  • If you are doing the Gibb River Rd or Derby or Broome you must visit Mowunjum. It is an Aboriginal owned art centre built in the shape of a Wandjina. The artists are custodians to the Wandjina spirits...  more »
  • Disappointed as really wanted to check this place out: The website said open: the door & gate said open: BUT no one in & no the lights werent on: gave them 30 mins after said opening hrs but needed to...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Only drove into community for work but is famous galley. Well work a look they hold many events during the dry or tourist season. You can purchase some great pieces of aboriginal art.
  • Very informative. Great friendly staff.
  • The Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre is a creative hub for the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes, who make up the Mowanjum community outside Derby, Western Australia. These three language groups are united by their belief in the Wandjina as a sacred spiritual force and the creators of the land. They are the custodians of Wandjina law and iconography. The centre hosts exhibitions, workshops and community projects, as well as the annual Mowanjum Festival, one of Australia's longest running indigenous cultural festivals.
  • Absolutely fantastic art centre, A lot of effort, thought and care has gone into the creation and up-keep of this vital tool for the local community. Definitely well worth a visit. the centre comprises a theatre room where you can watch various educational films about the Aborginal culture and how it has evolved over the years. An awe-inspiring art gallery that simply takes your breath away and not only the scale of it, but also the quality of the works contained within it. A much needed and well crafted merchandise store near the entrance takes inspiration from local designers and locations for it's clothes and other apparel. An outdoor picnic and amphitheatre/stage also add to the Art centres appeal. A visit to Derby is worthless without visiting this cultural centre.
  • Small and but nice the art is quite nice and the section with the traditional items is nice as well...
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