16 September 2022

Wiradjuri culture on showcase at Museum of Riverina

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Harriet Goodall, Melanie Evans, Aunty Cheryl Penrith, and Museum of the Riverina manager Luke Grealy

Waybali Murruway – Weaving Paths co-curator Harriet Goodall, curators and community liaisons, Melanie Evans, Aunty Cheryl Penrith, and Museum of the Riverina manager Luke Grealy. Photo: Museum of Riverina.

The Museum of Riverina invites the community of Wagga to a stunning Wiradjuri cultural exhibition.

The Waybali Murruway – Weaving Paths exhibition shows images, stories and weaving done by Wiradjuri communities.

The exhibition opened over the weekend and will run until Sunday 20 November, at the MoR’s Historic Council Chambers site.

It explores Wiradjuri culture, language, the creation of cultural objects and caring for Country.

Museum of Riverina said the exhibition features installation pieces reflecting Country, stories through textiles, images, wire forms, film, woven objects, and weaving created throughout the project.

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The exhibition is a multi-year project that was produced in partnership with The Wired Lab.

Waybali Murruway curators and community liaisons Aunty Cheryl Penrith and Melanie Evans, said the completed project reflects the regenerative power of gathering together on Country.

Museum of Riverina said the Waybali Murruway had a strong focus on cultural rejuvenation over the past five years in Wiradjuri weaving practices, plant identification and resource gathering.

“Waybali Murruway has connected families across four generations and six communities: Brungle, Mitta Mitta, Muttama, Ngurrungera, Wagga Wagga and Gudhamangdhuray,” said Aunty Cheryl.

Fish Weir installation

Waybali Murruway – Weaving Paths’s River of Reeds – The ‘Fish Weir’ installation features individually placed reeds on a bed of sand and rocks. Photo: Museum of Riverina.

“It’s been wonderful to share and pass knowledge amongst each other and future generations.”

Museum of Riverina manager Luke Grealy said the museum was excited to showcase the important project and the amazing work done by the Waybali Murruway team.

“This project is a significant exploration of Wiradjuri culture and Country,” Mr Grealy said.

The Museum of Riverina manager said the exhibition was a highlight on the museum’s calendar.

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On Sunday 11 September the Museum of Riverina held an artists’ talk for Waybali Murruway at the Historic Council Chambers site. The public were invited to hear the stories about each of the works from the exhibition at the artists’ talk.

Waybali Murruway – Weaving Paths is a free exhibition running until Sunday 20 November. It will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday 10 am to 2 pm and will be closed on Mondays.

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