Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Aboriginal artist's state funeral attracts hundreds

By Gina Marich
Posted Mon Nov 2, 2009 11:38am AEDT

Hundreds of mourners are gathering in the community of Gumbalunya in Arnhem Land to farewell a renowned Aboriginal artist and community leader.

The state funeral for the artist, who for cultural reasons is now referred to as Wamud Namok, will take place this morning in west Arnhem Land, about 300 kilometres east of Darwin.

Wamud Namok was a celebrated artist who did rock paintings around Arnhem Land.

His artworks also hang in galleries around Australia and overseas.

He helped establish the Warddeken Land Management Corporation.

In 2004, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, one of only two Indigenous Territorians to receive the honour.

A 2004 rock painting by the artist, showing Barrk, the black rock wallaroo, being speared by a mimi spirit. (Warddeken Land Management)

From ABC News

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