This group exhibition showcases a selection of Aboriginal artworks reflecting the story of 'Ngapa' or Water Dreaming, an important dreaming for Aboriginal people.
Water is vital for both humans and animals, not only for drinking purposes but also to encourage growth of plants, and the generation of native bush foods. The location of all water sources including rockholes, freshwater springs, soakage’s and underground water sources are an essential part of traditional knowledge and desert life.
In a highly spiritual society, this essential need informed Aboriginal culture, lore, and ceremony. During times of drought, ceremonies are undertaken to encourage rainfall. The passing of these dreaming stories from one generation was vital to survival. Ceremonies preserve the memory of the creation and location of the water sites.
Artworks have been selected from various regions in Central Australia that reflect the commonality of the importance of water across the different Aboriginal language groups. The vibrant colours of the works signify that that Aboriginal people thrived and flourished in these challenging surroundings. This exhibition examines the spiritual aspects of their relationship to the land and its resources.