Wollemi: A Land Inscribed With Story # 120

Wollemi: A Land Inscribed With Story

09:15, Friday 14th June, Museum Auditorium

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Adrian Strong, Paul S.C. Taçon
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Duration: 34 mins
  • Country of Production: Australia
  • Location: Wollemi National Park, NSW, Australia
  • Ethnic Group: Indigenous Australian
  • Language: English

Wollemi National Park is one of the most rugged and wild parts of New South Wales, Australia.  Since 2001, a team of archaeologists, Aboriginal community members and bushwalkers has discovered and documented hundreds of archaeological sites, many with magnificent drawings, stencils, paintings and engravings in sandstone rock shelters and on rock platforms. Although they are believed to have been made hundreds and, in some cases, thousands, of years ago they remain significant for Aboriginal people today.  In this film the spirituality of some of the art, the Wollemi landscape and Aboriginal culture is explored through the thoughts and ideas sparked by visits to two of the most important sites, Eagle’s Reach and Gallery Rock. In the process, a pilgrimage-like journey is undertaken with a strong conservation message.

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