Milpirri Banners and Artefacts 2018

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Banner  Project

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!

Milpirri  Artefacts

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.

Company Partners

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.

Project Partners

Building Better Regions Fund.

Supporting Partners

Warnayaka Arts Centre.

Tracks 2018

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

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