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The following is a transcription of the label on the reverse of 2007.0053.1045. It is damaged and lacking in places:
Rainbow serpent. The rainbow serpent occ/gure in the mythology of many Aborig/Gunwinggu the nature of Njaljod var/myth to myth and site to site. Njaljod/male or neuter while in others it is/ale. The 'mother' one rainbow serpent/ssociated with increase of species. A specific/to the south of the Cadell River. As well as/bein xual, depending on the site, Njaljod can be regarded/either belonging to the Dhuwa or Yirridja moieties,/Njaljod can be benign or highly dangerous. Some sites are/Gobo[la]mum, tabu except for elders to approach, . . . other/sites even be favourite hunting to swimming places./Onl ever men (marrgidjbu) can see the Rainbow Snake in/eaming places. The rainbow serpent can still take other/s, sometimes appearing as a buffalo or kangaroo . . . . a clever/man will see past this disguise (typed label on reverse of 2007.0053.1045).
This frame is included in the NHC as an example of frames used in the ATSIAA collection.
A bark painting worked with ochres on bark and on wooden restrainers. It depicts a coiled snake with its head in the top left hand corner.The snake is painted in brown, black and red crosshatching. In the upper section there are white leaves set against a red background. On the reverse is a silver ATSIC sticker that reads "Asset No: NT- 0521" and white bar code sticker that reads "A0000271". The bark is mounted to a hessian backing board with wooden blocks and has a wooden frame with gold inner edges.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.
The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.
W 1000mm x H 1252mm x D 50mm
Verified by D Kaus 27/5/2013
ATSIC branch office