PR - Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route art exhibition has officially opened at the Museum of Samoa, Moto’otua and will exhibit for two months.
The Canning Stock Route is a track that runs almost 2,000 km across the West Australian desert, which was developed about 100 years ago on Aboriginal homelands as the pastoral industries grew.
The exhibition is an important part of Australian history because it reveals the richness of desert life, and the significance of the country around the route, interpreted through Aboriginal eyes and voices.
It is a story of contact, conflict and survival, of exodus and return. Above all, it is a story of family, culture and country.
This exhibition is an opportunity to share Australian culture with Samoa and to give a sense of what is happening in the Australian cultural space.
The Indigenous cultures of Australia are the oldest continuously existing in the world and can be traced back at least 50,000 years.
Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route exhibition was previewed last week Thursday 23 August 2018, at the Australian High Commissioner HE Sara Moriarty’s residence.
High Commissioner, Sara Moriarty said at the preview: “The depth and diversity of this extraordinary history can be appreciated in art – particularly through these pieces on display.”
“The touring exhibition was developed by the National Museum of Australia in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and FORM, an independent not-for-profit cultural organisation in Western Australia.”
“It is an opportunity to bring a piece of Australian culture to Samoa and to share the rich history and stories of family, culture and country.”
“Samoa and Australia have strong people-to-people links and this exhibition is an opportunity to share Australian culture with the community.”