Yenbena Lotjpa: Ancestors Speak Out – Lee Darroch

Exhibition and Shows

20 Nov 2018 to 1 Dec 2018

Yenbena Lotjpa: Ancestors Speak Out documents and explores a series of heart-wrenching letters and petitions written by the Ancestors to the Aboriginal Welfare Board, missionaries, managers of reserves, governments and the Board of Protection of Aborigines in the 1800s and early 1900s.

The letters contain serious complaints by the Ancestors about forced separation from their children, inadequate food, inadequate housing, inadequate medical care, and punitive measures.

Extracts from the letters are painted onto wooden artefacts traditionally used by the Ancestors. The letters are an indictment on the society of that time.

It is timely to reflect on how this has reverberated through the generations and still effects black-white relations in Australia today. This is our shared history, here reflected in these letters. Everyone must be aware of the past and its ongoing effects today, in order to bring forth a new tomorrow.

For Treaty. For Sovereignty. For Recognition. For Justice. The Ancestors have spoken out. Hear them now.

Lee Darroch is a proud Yorta Yorta, Mutti Mutti, Boon Wurrung woman who has lived for the past 31 years on Raymond Island. She is a renowned visual artist and leader of the cultural revival of traditional cultural practices across South-Eastern Australia.


Free Entry

Event Times

20 Nov 2018 to 1 Dec 2018

Once Only Event



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