2016 Artist Residency at Windjana Gorge National Park

 

Windjana Gorge

Windjana Gorge National Park is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges, with water-streaked walls that rise majestically to heights of 100 metres. It is part of a 375 million-year-old Devonian reef system. Carved by the Lennard River, Windjana Gorge is over three kilometres long. Jandamarra or Tjandamurra (c. 1873—1 April 1897), known to European settlers as Pigeon,was an Indigenous Australian of the Bunuba tribe who led one of the few organised armed insurrections against European colonisation of Australia. On 10 November 1894, Jandamarra and some followers attacked five white men who were driving cattle to set up a large station in the heart of Bunuba land.  This was the first time that guns were used against European settlers in an organised attack. In late 1894, two weeks after Richardson was shot, the police and Jandamarra’s band faced each other at the Windjana Gorge, a sacred place in Bunuba culture. After eight hours of standoff Jandamarra was wounded but escaped.

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