Wiradjuri Ngurambang (country) Gallery was established in 2017 to promote Wiradjuri culture to all people, whilst providing a platform for Wiradjuri and other artists to showcase their work.
Through Wiradjuri Ngurambang Gallery we can share our rich, vibrant Wiradjuri culture and tradition with you. We have in-store a cultural space and a retail gallery with a wide variety of goods including:
Visit our products page to learn more.
Wiradjuri Ngurambang Gallery also delivers a variety of cultural workshops throughout the year. To learn more please contact the gallery in person or our website’s contact page.
Wiradjuri Ngurambang has established partnerships with other activity providers on Wiradjuri ngurambang. They may include cultural tours, cultural workshops and more… To learn more please contact the gallery in person or our website’s contact page.
Wiradjuri garray (land) covers a vast area in Central New South Wales and is bordered by the Lachlan, Macquarie, Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. The name Wiradjuri comes from the words Wiray (meaning no) and dhuray (meaning having) and forms part of the ‘no having’ language group. The ‘no having’ language group is made up of Wiradjuri and some neighbouring countries. Providing these two words of ‘no’ and ‘having’ enabled people to communicate what was, and wasn’t allowed by lore.
Wiradjuri ngurambang (country) was and continues to be protected by Wiradjuri mayiny (people). Wiradjuri ngurambang has a rich history and culture, and an abundance of wildlife and ecological diversity which sustained Wiradjuri for more than 60,000 years through a natural balance that was maintained with mother earth. The natural balance was underpinned by yindyamarra (meaning a deep respect and patience), ngurrbul (meaning love) and buyaa (meaning lore).
Wiradjuri were involved in many disputes with white European settlers and government from the late 1700’s when the settlers made their way from the Sydney region. They travelled through the Blue Mountains and into Wiradjuri ngurambang. The arrival of settlers brought many challenges for Wiradjuri including the decimation of sacred sites, ceremonial and burial grounds, disease and laws allowing Aborigines to be shot and killed without punishment.
The further introduction of laws prohibiting Aborigines to practice culture, lore or speak in traditional language severely interrupted the natural balance of Wiradjuri. Against all odds and the tireless work of Wiradjuri Elders and supporters, Wiradjuri have been able to maintain connection to culture, lore and language with extensive reclamation work growing rapidly. This work is further evident with the Graduate Certificate of Wiradjuri Language and Heritage being successfully delivered by Wiradjuri mayiny at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga.
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Wiradjuri Ngurambang Gallery is located in Griffith NSW Australia. There are a number of Aboriginal organisations, services and businesses in the area. If you are requiring specific help outside of the gallery’s core business please contact the appropriate group. Some key groups within Griffith include:
Each town will have appropriate organisations/groups who deal with local matters and it is advised that you contact them directly.
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