Walking through the Bunjilaka Exhibition and learning about Aboriginal Victorian History was an interesting experience, and I feel happy to know I’ve learnt more about the history of the place that I live in.
For me the best part of the exhibition was “Bunjil’s Wings”, the kinetic sculpture, complimented with vocal explanations and sound effects, as well as the images projected onto the wings themselves. The story of how Bunjil the Eagle sung the world to life, and it was incredible learning the different beliefs of a whole culture completely dissimilar and unique to any other.
I also enjoyed learning about possum skin cloaks. They are personal items which grow as the owner does (literally, it gets larger as more skins are added) and how pictures are drawn upon the skin to illustrate important moments. I found it incredible how often Aboriginals are buried in their cloak, and celebrate ceremonies in them.
Listening to stories of the indigenous people way also a key moment for me, as I found their stories moving and inspiring. I think this exhibition was a great experience.