Galarrwuy Yunupingu (born 1948, Gumatj people), Bakulangay Marawili (1944–2002, Madarrpa people), Djambawa Marawili (born 1953, Madarrpa people), Marrirra Marawili (born c.1937, Madarrpa people), Djewiny Ngurruwuthun (born c.1940, Munyuku people), Wenten Rubuntja (c.1926–2005, Arrernte/Aranda peoples), Lindsay Jampijinpa (1951–2009, Warlpiri people), D. Williams Japanangka (1948–2013, Warlpiri people) Barunga statement, 1988, Gifts Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, ACT.
29 May – 29 July 2018
Location: Exhibition area, level 1
In 1988, Aboriginal leaders Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM and Wenten Rubuntja AM presented the then Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC, with a painted statement, the Barunga Statement. The statement is a historic declaration of self-determination and the celebration of Aboriginal cultures, which continues to be of relevance today. This exhibition developed by the Australian Parliament House and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) acknowledges the national significance of The Barunga Statement, which has been on permanent display at Parliament House since 1991.
To find out more about the Barunga Statement and its history, visit the online resource on the AIATSIS website.
Aboriginal people are advised that the exhibition contains the names, voices, and images of people who have passed away. The names and images of featured individuals appear with the permission of their families and/or communities.