The regional museum of Orange presents ancient astronomy in a new exhibition
An exhibit exploring Indigenous stories of the night sky will open at the Orange Regional Museum on Saturday August 6th.
Mulaa Giilang: The Wiradjuri Stories of the Night Sky draws on tens of thousands of years of tradition and cultural knowledge and explores how, for First Nations peoples, land, sea and sky are intertwined.
Looking up, the night sky reflects Dreaming stories, landforms, animals and seasonal patterns, informing how people live and care for the country.
ANCIENT ASTRONOMY: Uncle Neil Ingram Snr, Wiradjuri Elder, Kylie Tarleton, Wiradjuri Artist, and Doug Sutherland, Wiradjuri Knowledge Holder and Exhibition Curator, at the Mulaa Giilang Exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Wiradjuri Knowledge Holder Ian (Doug) Sutherland, with contributions from Cultural and Language Advisor, Wiradjuri Elder Uncle Neil Ingram, artwork and illustrations by Wiradjuri Artist Kylie Tarleton, a production cinematography by Jack Steele and music by Ricky Ah-See.
It features stunning photographs of the night sky, most of which were taken by mid-west photographers including Rodney Watters, Craig Booth and Greg Bradley, as well as incredible panoramic images from the European Southern Observatory.
Accompanied by an immersive soundtrack that explores the astronomical knowledge of the Wiradjuri, the exhibition also highlights comparative mythologies from around the world.
The exhibition received significant project funding from the New South Wales Government’s Local Government Authority (LGA) Arts and Culture Programme, which enabled the museum to gain more local Aboriginal creative input and produce a short film. Visitors can also access a video of an AUSLAN First Nations interpreter on their smartphone via a QR code.
Orange City Council Services Committee Chairman Councilor Mel McDonell encouraged everyone to come out for a walk among the stars.
“The exhibit is a fascinating insight into ancient astronomy and explores the stories and images behind some of the night sky’s most recognizable features,” said Cr McDonell.
“It’s a great opportunity to share knowledge that has been passed down for thousands of generations and told with Wiradjuri voices and language.”
Mulaa Giilang: Wiradjuri Tales from the Night Sky will be open from Saturday August 6th to Sunday October 30th. The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and admission is free.
Anyone wishing to discover the exhibition in preview is invited to attend a free opening on Friday August 5 from 6 p.m. Those wishing to attend the opening must book their ticket through Eventbrite.
Please reserve a complimentary ticket to attend the opening through eventbrite.