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waagura (Crow) Dancer outfit and marayung wumara-warra (Sky Emu Travels) cloak in the Unsettled exhibition
Visitors viewing (left) the waagura (Crow) Dancer outfit worn by Yuin woman Ashweeni Mason as waagura (Crow) in Living Legacies by Amanda Jane Reynolds, and (right) marayung wumara-warra (Sky Emu Travels) cloak by Amanda Jane Reynolds on display in the Unsettled exhibition. Image: Anna Kučera
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Ashweeni Mason (Walbunja, Yuin), 2020
Feathers, material, firestick
Australian Museum Collection Commission


Signs are everywhere

We respect the earth, the air, the water, and fire – they balance one another. It’s really important. Without fire we wouldn’t survive. Our birds – they behave in a strange way then we know there’s something going to happen. We get messages. They come to us and they talk – it might seem funny but they do. If people took notice around the environment – of the birds, the plants, the behaviour of our animals – they’ll tell you more than telecommunications can. You watch the weather patterns and the clouds and signs are there everywhere. Aunty Vivian Mason (Walbanja, Yuin), 2021

Yuin woman Ashweeni Mason as waagura (Crow) in Living Legacies
Yuin woman Ashweeni Mason as waagura (Crow) in Living Legacies by Amanda Jane Reynolds. Photo by Shannon Mason, Stella Stories, 2021. Image: Shannon Mason
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