Milpirri Banners and Artefacts 2018
Over fifteen years a series of banners have been developed as a part of the Milpirri performance. The banners are like a set of coat of arms to the Warlpiri people of Lajamanu. Each individual is able to identify which banner belongs to them as they represent their families dreaming symbol.
Milpirri Banner Project will involve an in-depth consultation process led by anthropologist Miles Holmes, which will include; talking to families, visiting sites and country, listening to songs, viewing paintings and or dancers and accessing knowledge gathered by the Land Councils and other anthropologists. Once gathered and agreed the information will be ready to be distilled and refined before finding its final public form alongside the banners.
Watch this space!
The Milpirri Jurntu performance theme focuses on artefacts. Tracks will collaborate with the Lajamanu Warnayaka Arts Centre towards the making of Milpirri artefacts (boomerangs, clap-sticks and dancing plates), which have either disappeared or been neglected in previous Milpirri events.
A 2018 focus on artefacts is an opportunity for male and female members of the community to re-engage in cultural conversations around the objects and revive skills, such as cutting specific types of wood in a particular manner.
Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
Building Better Regions Fund.
Warnayaka Arts Centre.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Company Director: Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Duane Preston
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: It Figures
Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Venaska Cheliah. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki
Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory