DHAGA NGIYANHI NGAN.GIRRA - Where we all meet
The Rocks Discovery Museum is displaying a selection of unique Aboriginal crafts to celebrate NAIDOC Week that includes intricately marked possum and kangaroo skins by Lynette Riley and Headdresses, Belts, Contemporary Dilly Bags and Mats by Diane Riley-McNaboe, which speak to the fascinating history and culture of First Nations families around Australia.
This exhibition is the result of the creative partnership between two sisters, Lynette Riley and Diane Riley-McNaboe. Their Wiradjuri/Gamilaroi heritage is anchored in their birth-place, Dubbo, in western NSW, and the meeting spaces of this Country. DHAGA NGIYANHI NGAN.GIRRA is Wiradjuri for ‘where we all meet’. This title celebrates the meeting place at the junction of the Macquarie and Talbragar rivers. By 1898 this meeting place had become the site of the Talbragar Aboriginal Reserve. By the 1960s government policy determined to move the community again, this time into the township of Dubbo. This exhibition was initiated in 2012 at Western Plains Cultural Centre, located on another sharing and congregation place for both people and animals, Wingewarra swamp.