Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, Derby

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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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  • August 13, 2017
    A modern and well set out gallery. Interesting video on the communities history. Beautiful artwork. Worth a visit.  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre is located just off the Gibb River Road & is easily accessed with adequate parking. A short DVD in the comfy theatre explains the origins of the Wandjina, the powerful ra...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    Access to the gallery is from the Gibb River Road and is black top all the way in. Shaped in the form of the Wandjina, it provides a wonderful venue for viewing the extraordinary art of the Mowanjum a...  more »
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  • September 16, 2017
    Fantastic indigenous art by a very proud people. I purchased a painting which will continue to remind me of the West Kimberleys
  • September 14, 2017
    Fantastic Art Amazing Exhibition Friendly Service Meeting Artist Modern Artcentre
  • December 10, 2016
    Learn about an ancient culture of the Kimberley. The free presentation is great. Oh and of course the art is amazing
  • August 10, 2017
    Very good
  • September 27, 2016
    Great presentation, and representation of community pride, and their willingness to share their stories. Thank you, especially to Amelia.👍

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