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'''Nyoongar''' artists who are currently creating art works for the Memorial Site are [[Directory:Sandra Hill|Sandra Hill]] and Peter Farmer.<ref>[http://www.artsource.net.au/clientservices/consultancy/yagan/YaganMemorialPark.htm Artsource] Peter Farmer, Sandra Hill & Jenny Dawson-Commission</ref> [[Directory:Jenny Dawson-Ceramic Artist|Jenny Dawson]] is assisting Sandra with the major story wall works.  
 
'''Nyoongar''' artists who are currently creating art works for the Memorial Site are [[Directory:Sandra Hill|Sandra Hill]] and Peter Farmer.<ref>[http://www.artsource.net.au/clientservices/consultancy/yagan/YaganMemorialPark.htm Artsource] Peter Farmer, Sandra Hill & Jenny Dawson-Commission</ref> [[Directory:Jenny Dawson-Ceramic Artist|Jenny Dawson]] is assisting Sandra with the major story wall works.  
  
Working team members are Tracie Pushman, Laurel Nannup and Ellen McFetridge. Roman Antiok has built the rammed earth walls and [[Peter Zuvela]] is documenting [[Photography|photographically]] the entire artwork process
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Working team members are Tracie Pushman, Laurel Nannup and Ellen McFetridge. Roman Antoniuk has built the rammed earth walls and [[Peter Zuvela]] is documenting [[Photography|photographically]] the entire artwork process
 
and working to install all of the artworks on the walls.
 
and working to install all of the artworks on the walls.
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 20:02, 16 July 2010

The Yagan Memorial[1] is being created at the City of Swan to honour the memory of Yagan, the son of Midgigoroo and Moyran. The Memorial Park will be situated at Lot 39 West Swan Road,[2] Swan Valley, Australia. Yagan was a very important representative of the Beeliar People [3] who was instrumental in trying to forge good working relations with the first white settlers of the Swan River Colony in Western Australia.

The imagery will tell the story of Yagan and his family, their alienation from the white people, the taking and fencing off of their traditional land, the killings and the payback, and the treacherous ambush of Yagan, Heegan and his party by the Keates brothers at the site in 1833. Wall one will depict the story of Yagan and his people from colonisation to his untimely and tragic death.[4]


Entry Statement to the Site by Sandra Hill

The work will have several rammed earth curved walls to be fabricated at the beginning of the pathway leading into the Memorial site. A feature visual timeline will be etched into clay tablets that meander along the full length of the walls, they will be reminiscent of the Waugal [5] moving in and out of the land as well as a connecting feature for the Burial Site. The walls, will gradually grade down until they disappear back into the earth.

Tracie Pushman on Yagan

The story of Yagan lives strongly in the hearts of the Nyungar people.[6] Son of Midgigooroo and Moyran, Yagan was a great leader of the Jondarup Ballaruk clan moeities. In the early years of colonisation by the British, the strangers to the area of Beeliar (Perth) were welcomed by the Indigenous people and seen as Djanga – returning spirits of the dead. As time went on, the increasing domination of the settler colony resulted in restrictions to land access for the custodians of the area, ultimately threatening their cultural wellbeing, and their relationship to country. Aboriginal resistance followed and Yagan will always be remembered for his intelligence, strength, courage and influence during this period of resistance.

As a cultural warrior, Yagan was fearless and highly respected both by his own countrymen and those of the settlement led by Captain James Stirling. Yagan’s ability to bridge the cultural gap allowed the Nyungar people a voice for negotiation and a hope for cultural exchange. However, despite the friendships he had made with several families of importance and the infamy of his character, the Nyungar people continued to be dispossessed of land, marginalized and treated with cruelty. Because of his unusual position within the new society, Yagan was able to stand up for his people, which resulted in there being reward for his capture. Yagan was outlawed and on the 11th of July 1833, was shot dead for a reward of £30 by two young brothers whom he had previously befriended. Yagan’s Head was then cut from his body and sent to England.

The repatriation of Yagan’s remains had been a long and arduous journey, not being recovered until 1997 from a museum in Liverpool. Yagan is now finally able to be put to rest in his own country with the dignity and respect so deserved of this fallen warrior.

This artwork is in memory of Yagan. The work depicts two stories; that of the life of the Nyungar people prior to the settlement, and the story of Yagan. Its positioning will be the entry to Yagan’s burial site, therefore allowing visitors to the site a chance to contemplate the loss experienced by not only the Nyungar people, but to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders throughout Australia. The work is of great cultural importance as it pays respect to one of the legendary figures in Perth’s history. Among many others, past and present, Yagan stood proud and fought for freedom and the cultural rights of his people and his country. This artwork pays tribute to Yagan, a cultural hero. May he finally rest in peace.

Artists

Yagan Memorial Wall Design by Sandra Hill

Nyoongar artists who are currently creating art works for the Memorial Site are Sandra Hill and Peter Farmer.[7] Jenny Dawson is assisting Sandra with the major story wall works.

Working team members are Tracie Pushman, Laurel Nannup and Ellen McFetridge. Roman Antoniuk has built the rammed earth walls and Peter Zuvela is documenting photographically the entire artwork process and working to install all of the artworks on the walls.

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ ABC News Aboriginal Warrior's Final Resting Place
  2. ^ City of Swan
  3. ^ Caught in Time: Talking Australian History by Bill Bunbury. Page 40-41
  4. ^ Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition
  5. ^ State Library of Western Australia-The Waugul: Mythologically the Swan River was created by the Waugals (giant serpents), who carved waterways and valleys as they made their way to the mouth of the river at Fremantle. Noongar people have a responsibility to protect and care for the land and its waters as an integral part of their spirit and culture.
  6. ^ Being Black: Aboriginal Cultures in Settled Australia by Ian Keen
  7. ^ Artsource Peter Farmer, Sandra Hill & Jenny Dawson-Commission


Yagan Memorial: Work in Progress photo by Peter Zuvela










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