Rockingham elders’ stories told in art

Nana Mavis by Ned Crossley.
Nana Mavis by Ned Crossley.

PAINTING the unique stories of Nyungar Elders was one of the ways National Reconciliation Week was celebrated this week.

The City of Rockingham hosted a high profile Western Australian art exhibition titled Bush Babies: Honouring our Elders born in the bush.

The collection of portrait paintings and photographs share exceptional stories and honour the strength and resilience of Nyungar Elders who were born in the bush.

National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27 to June 3 each year.

These dates mark the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the Mabo decision, respectively.

This year marks the 50th and 25th anniversaries of these historic milestones in reconciliation, said Mayor Barry Sammels.

Bush Babies is open daily from 10am to 3pm at the Rockingham Arts Centre from May 26 to June 11.

Note that the images depicted in the exhibition and media content may cause distress to some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

It may show images of people who are no longer with us.

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