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This shady wilderness camp ground has wonderful views of the escarpment and is well situated to explore nearby natural attractions and spectacular King Leopold range.
- Open Days/times:From May to October.
- Galleries:Aboriginal,Art Gallery
- Open Days:Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday,Tuesday
Once an important rest point for bullock drivers on the Gibb River Road, Imintji is once again a welcome stop-over for Kimberley travelers The newly refurbished campgrounds offer modern amenities and is a great base to explore the Kimberley region from.
Also visit the Imintji Art Centre while staying at the campground which has a range of art and crafts created by local artists.
Mangkaja Arts represents artists across four language groups within the Fitzroy Valley region. The coming together of both river and desert people gives Mangkaja Arts its unique range of styles.
- Open Days/times:11am - 4pm
- Galleries:Painting,Aboriginal,Print Making,Art Gallery
- Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
The art centre is located in the centre of Fitzroy Crossing and functions as a fine art gallery, specialty store and a studio space for the artists to paint and make cultural artefacts.
Mangkaja artists are renowned for their uninhibited style and lively use of colour in their painted images of country that share stories of culture and identity. They also enjoy other mediums including printmaking, traditional artifact making, carving, and basket weaving.
Marnin Studio is a therapeutic healing space where women come to create, learn and develop products that reflect the artist’s deep knowledge of the local environment, culture and community.
- Open Days/times:9am - 4pm
- Galleries:Aboriginal,Artist Studio
- Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
‘Marnin’ means women in Walmajarri language as the studio is driven by the vision of local Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Wankatjunka, Walmajarri and Nykina women. Through this social enterprise model, the women have the opportunity to reach financial stability through the sale of their products.
Marnin Studio continues to grow and connect women through the creation of exquisite pieces sold on a local and national level.
Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre offers an authentic cultural experience of Kimberley Indigenous art and culture, featuring Wandjina and Gyorn Gyorn paintings unique to the area.
- Galleries:Aboriginal,Painting,Art Gallery
- Open Days/times:Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday 10am - 3pm (Dry Season: May to October)
- Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday
“Wandjinas are our supreme spiritual beings. During Lailai or creation time we believe the Wandjinas created the earth and all living things. The stories of their actions during Lailai are the law and culture of our country. When Wandjinas are painted their spirit is renewed, and their stories are re-lived. Painting Wandjinas reconnects us to the Law. During Lailai the first people were Gyorn Gyorns and they lacked true understanding until the Wandjina taught them Law. The Gyorn Gyorn paintings are there in the rock and sometimes Wandjinas are painted alongside. The Wandjinas created everything and blessed the country with child spirits or what we call Unguds. These spirits live in rock pools and sacred places back in our country. Everyone from the three tribes has an Ungud and a dreaming place. Having created the world, the Wandjinas then painted themselves into cave walls in our countries. The Wandjinas are now here in everything, in the rocks, plants, animals, water, sea, sky and ocean, in all of existence. Our culture IS the Wandjina.” [Leah Umbagai and Kirsty Burgu, artists 2010]
To the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal people, from the Mowanjum community outside Derby, Western Australia, the Wandjina is the supreme spirit being. These three language groups are the traditional owners of the lands lying to the north of Derby and often move between Mowanjum and communities in their homelands, where they look after their country and instruct young people in cultural matters. They have distinct languages but share a complex relationship and marriage system which means the web of mutual obligation and responsibility [wunan] is understood and practised across the region. They also share a vast knowledge of the animals and plants of the west Kimberley. But the greatest factor which unifies the people is the sharing of beliefs about the Wandjina whose images are found in rock shelters throughout their land.
Worrorra lands are located along the coastal areas, including Cone Bay, Secure Bay, Walcott Inlet and the lower reaches of the Prince Regent River. To the east lie the Ngarinyin lands which extend in a north easterly direction from King Leopold Ranges to the Gibb River Rd. The Wunumbal country lies north of the Prince Regent River, although some traditional owners live at Kandiwal on the Mitchell Plateau and at Kalumburu.
Today, thanks to the efforts of Mowanjum elders and artists, the Wandjina culture continues to evolve through the sharing of art and stories with the wider community, and as the Mowanjum children rediscover their own beliefs and heritage. 50 children from Mowanjum performed recently in the annual Festival held each July.“The annual Mowanjum Festival is an event we really look forward to. Passing culture onto the next generation through traditional song, dance and art, is the strong foundation of the community. All the work artists make at Mowanjum helps to connect us with our distant homelands. The spirit of the Wandjina is alive and strong at Mowanjum.” Leah Umbagai 2010
This generosity of spirit has changed many people who have come into contact with the Mowanjum Community, allowing them to experience an incredible journey of discovery and giving them a deeper understanding and appreciation of the richness of this ancient Indigenous culture. Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre welcomes more than 20,000 visitors every year. Mowanjum Festival is held in July each year, in the first week of the Western Australian school holidays.
Open Mon to Fri Oct to April, and daily from May to September
Gaol dating back to 1906 adjacent to current police station. A great insight into how prisoners were treated in the early days of settlement.
- Historical Sites:Prisons
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Discover more about Derby’s history, including its role in early aviation and the story of the SS Colac, which was damaged beyond repair after grounding just south of the Derby jetty in 1910.
- Historical Sites:Buildings
- Open Days/times:Opens on request
- Open Days:By Appointment Only