Aboriginal Keeping Place

The Border Flywheelers Museum is proud to be the keeping place for many artefacts used by the local Barapa Barapa Aboriginal people who lived and worked around this area.

The map shown is an acrylic on panel board which was painted by artist, Robyn Davis.

These paintings tell the Story of the Barapa artefacts travelling to the keeping place. Barapa country is a land or rivers, creeks and lagoons, of redgums and scrubland. The land is now giving the gifts or the past back to the people for safe keeping.

The Barapa Barapa people are happy and give permission for the artefacts to have a new home in the special keeping place.

The spirits of the elders and the animals are watching over the process, giving their blessing. The bat is the totem of the Barapa Barapa peoples and watches over all.

The artefacts have been used for centuries by the Barapa Barapa peoples for ceremonies. hunting and in everyday life. They will have a new home where they will be protected and respected.

This is an original piece of Aboriginal art and as such all rights belong to the artist, Robyn Davis, Wadi Wadi Nations. No 1 2016

These artefacts, and sketches depicting how the Barapa Barapa people lived and worked in this area, are on display at our museum.