#17 Murrin Giban
Wyndradine led a party of Warriors to the property of the colonial family said to be responsible for the death of his family. He was looking for payback under traditional law. When they arrived at the slab hut it was night time. The sole inhabitant of the hut on that night was a 19 yoboy, the youngest son of the family. The Warriors set to the boy and began to inflict damage when the boy spoke in Wiradjuri language and stopped the Warriors from completing the task. Wyndradine knew this boy was not the person who had killed his family and according to law was not to be harmed.
The humanity of the traditional lore of Wiradjuri Culture and the honour of the great Warrior and freedom fighter Wyndradine in the face of the relentless brutality of colonisation is the focus of this piece. To this day Wyndradine is one of the very few Warriors formally recognised by the military of the colonial army.
Wyndradine was buried on this property some years later as a relatively young man. He was buried in traditional manner in a sitting positio,nfacing east so as to greet the morning sun each day.
The descendants of that 19yo boy, who became Wyndradine’sfriend in life, still occupy that land and were instrumental in assuring that Wyndradine’sresting place can never be disturbed.
Robert Henderson, Wiradjuri
Acrylic on 92cm x 183cm
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|Dimensions||92 × 183 cm|