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Exhibition on Australia’s indigenous culture opens in town

By Vuong Anh

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HCMC – From now until July 17, residents in HCMC can get to know Australia’s Indigenous culture at the “Yuendumu Doors” exhibition at Hai An Gallery in HCMC.

The exhibition features 15 of the 30 doors originally painted at the Yuendumu community school in central Australia in the early 1980s. Elders of the Aboriginal Warlpiri people painted the doors with stories from their Dreaming – the Aboriginal belief system about the creation of the world. Each door is not only a masterpiece but also an invaluable repository of Warlpiri knowledge and history.

Australia’s Consul General in HCMC Sarah Hooper said at the exhibition opening event on July 6 that the doors are an important cultural and artistic collection in Australia.

“This exhibition is a rare opportunity for Vietnamese to experience some of Australia’s extraordinary Indigenous culture,” she added.

The exhibition coincides with Australia’s annual NAIDOC Week, which celebrates and recognizes the history, culture and achievements of Australia’s indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

After surviving the desert wind and sun for 12 years at the Yuendumu school, the original doors are now conserved and displayed at The South Australian Museum. This international touring exhibition was developed by the South Australian Museum in partnership with the National Museum of Australia and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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