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45th Gurindji Freedom Day : 26-28 August 2011 / C
Bib ID 6330957
Format PicturePicture [still image, sheet]
Mackinolty, Chips, artist
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Description [Kings Cross, NSW] : [Cross Art Projects], [2013] 
1 poster : colour ; 58 x 112 cm 

A triptych of three images originally reproduced as T-shirts and banners for the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Walk Off, an industrial dispute in which the Gurindji people walked off Wave Hill Station and started the modern land rights movement. This limited edition inkjet print on German etching paper reproduces three banners with slightly different text against a red, black and yellow background (matching the colours of the Aboriginal flag). "The images represent three 'takes' on the event: those who walked off; those who still hold the Law; and those who honour the event, and echo the words to the Kev Carmody/Paul Kelly song, From little things, big things grow. The three versions of the image refer to those who walked off Wave Hill, their descendants and their supporters"--Social Fabric, Banners from the Northern Territory 2010-2013.


"Gurindji are a group of Indigenous Australians living in northern Australia, 460 km southwest of Katherine in the Northern Territory's Victoria River region. Gurindji are most well known in the broader Australian community for The Gurindji Strike, led by Vincent Lingiari in 1966. Their land was handed back to them in 1975 by Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. They were granted freehold title, receiving inalienable title to almost all of Wave Hill Cattle Station, 3,250 square kilometres of their tribal land – paving the way for further land rights victories in Australia.... In August every year, a large celebration is held at Kalkarinji to mark the anniversary of the strike and walk-off. Known as Freedom Day, people gather from many parts of Australia to celebrate and re-enact the walk-off."--Wikipedia, 10/9/2013.


Caption title.

Limited edition of 5 copies.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Library's copy is no. 2/5, signed with hand written text in pencil by the artist: They stand in the law. Library's copy is also accompanied by a two page artist's statement.

Subjects Gurindji Freedom Day (2011)  |  Gurindji (Australian people) -- Anniversaries, etc. -- Posters.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure -- Northern Territory -- Posters.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Posters.  |  Native title (Australia) -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Land use -- Northern Territory -- Posters.  |  Posters, Australian -- Northern Territory.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Cross Art Projects
Also Titled

Forty-fifth Gurindji Freedom Day

They stand in the law

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Exhibited Social Fabric, Banners from the Northern Territory 2010-2013, 11-25 July 2013; two-part exhibition of banners at Sydney Trades Hall, and prints at The Cross Art Projects, Kings Cross. Exhibition arranged by Jo Holder. 


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