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This sword is part of a collection of six headresses and two dance items which the National Museum acquired in 1985 from Mr Paddy Roe OAM, a Njikina man and curator of the Goolarabooloo Museum in Broome. This sword was made for Gudurrgudurr, the name of a nurlu or public ceremony from the West Kimberley, which belonged to Nyularn, a Garadyarri man from La Grange, south of Broome. This sword was used in a particular ceremony about the spirits of those who died on the battlegrounds of the first World War. It is associated with a series of events which took place at Banydyinmardadyi, a waterhole in Anna Plains country.
A sword, comprising a stick with an arc attached at one end to form a handle. The handle is decorated with four wooden pegs with curled shaved heads, which are attached to the outer edges of the handle with coloured yarn.
L 860mm x W 180mm x D 50mm
Period of use
The story associated with this ceremonial stick relates to soldiers killed during the first World War.
Former ritual leader of the Aboriginal Community in Broome, who was the caretaker of this object at the Goolarabooloo Museum