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Djugurba: Tales from the Spirit Time', first published in 1974, was a book of paintings and stories created by Aboriginal students from the Northern Territory who were training to be teachers at Kormilda residential college in Darwin. The book was launched in Canberra by Senator Cavangh, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, in September 1974, Mike Gray, who was in charge of teacher training at Kormilda, also helped produce the book. A year later Gray went on to coordinate the Aboriginal children's history of Australia project, which resulted in Aboriginal children from nearly 50 schools across Australia creating more than 3380 drawings and paintings on paper. This collection is now held by the National Museum of Australia.
Acrylic paint, felt-pen on paper. Bat hovering over rainbow with head in a waterhole & a spear in its back. Whistle duck close by & other birds flying away. Illustration for p 25 from the book 'Djugurba: Tales from the Spirit Time' ANU Press, Canberra, 1974. Location: Alice Springs, NT.
L 510mm x W 380mm x D 0.5mm
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