Elders Gathering for final event in Looking Through Windows Project

Posted: January 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

Some images from the final event for the 2 year long project – Looking Through Windows.

Dr Lorina Barker, the project leader, presented an installation of the replica humpy on the grounds of Booloominbah, at the University of New England in mid December. Works from the exhibition hung in the functions/centre. Strange to see the works representing dispossession and removal hanging in what was once the home of white settler/colonisers.

It’s been an epic journey over the two years, recording stories and making a diverse range of works with the project team. From the dusty outback towns of Brewarrina and Bourke, to the New England towns ofArmidale, Uralla, Guyra, Inverell, so many elders and their families have told us stories of the old days on the Missions and Reserves – poignant and moving stories of the experience and effect of government policies that saw so many First Nations people removed from their homelands in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The replica Humpy will tour into other communities, with plans to launch another project in which we will build a replica in each community, guided by the memories and stories of local elders and families. These structures are powerful repositories of stories of the lived experience of forced removal and dispossession of Aboriginal people in NSW. They, along with the songs, artworks and artefacts in the exhibition are important catalysts for conversations we still need to have in this country.

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