6 July - 20 September 2024

Mulka Yata / The Knowledge of Place

FREE entry

Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery | Ground floor

Join the Museum for an exhibition showcasing four generations of Adnyamathanha carvers – Kristian Coulthard, Clem Coulthard, Walter Coulthard, Ted Coulthard, and Winnie Ryan.

This exhibition complements the exhibition Mulka Yata / The Knowledge of Place, currently on show at the Samstag Museum of Art.

The Flinders Ranges, including Ikara (Wilpena Pound), have been the ancestral home to the Adnyamathanha people, for more than 50,000 years. They are still with us today, among them the Coulthards – caretakers of Adnyamathanha culture and knowledge – who prevailed amidst the colonial intrusions of mining, agriculture, and settlement.

In the late 19th century while working pragmatically with pastoralists, Ted Coulthard forged a generational art movement around wood carving, trading walking sticks, snakes, lizards, boomerangs, and shields, made with high standards of craftsmanship with settlers. This Adnyamathanha art movement of carvers is now sustained through Ted’s great-grandson, Kristian Coulthard, an accomplished artist–keeper of tradition, based near Blinman.

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