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Stick from the West Kimberley region, represents a WW1 soldier's sword

1986.0026.0007

Stick from the West Kimberley region, represents a WW1 soldier's sword

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Description

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.

Physical description

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.

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