Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi
Gali is a traditional Aboriginal (Yolngu) Mala Leader and Galpu clan representative.
Gali was taught traditional art forms, the stories and laws from his father (Gapuka) before he passed away, and was given the laws and responsibilities of being custodian of the sacred feathered ceremonial Banumbirr (morning-star pole) for the Galpu Clan.
The Banumbirr is a ceremonial emblem and an essential part of ritual. It is most commonly used in mortuary ceremonies and is held by men whilst dancing. The individual poles can differ, depending on the ceremony, the artist's clan, and their stories. The poles are statements about identity and can represent specific stretches of country and the people it belongs to. They are also a part of spiritual/religious statements that binds the people in life and death.
Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurriwiwi
Photo courtesy ABC News
Morning Star Poles by Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi
Photo courtesy of Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
Banumbirr - Morning Star Poles by Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi
Banumbirr - Finalist in Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2009
Image courtesy Art Gallery Western Australia and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne