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Roy Wiggan

(Australia 1930 – 2016)

Community
Broome, Kimberley region
Language group
Bardi, Kimberley region

Jerome Wiggan

(Australia  – )

Community
Broome, Kimberley region
Language group
Bardi, Kimberley region

Roy Jr Wiggan

(Australia  – )

Community
Broome, Kimberley region
Language group
Bardi, Kimberley region

Ilma

Location
Yiribana Gallery
Further information

Ilma describe both the object and the ceremony performed by Bardi people. Roy Wiggan received the stories embedded in his Ilma’s from his father, after his passing, through a series of dreams. Wiggan’s Ilma predominately revolve around life at sea experienced by his father, Henry Wiggan, a Bardi man of the Kimberly region who skippered the Sunday Island Mission lugger. His adventures and misadventures in the Indian Ocean inform the Ilma that are used as dance apparel in the ceremonies associated with the stories, as well as being works of art. The Bardi seafaring peoples’ homeland includes one of nature’s phenomenon, the Buccaneer Archipelago, a marine environment abundant in treacherous tides, rips, whirlpools and overfalls of which, a number of Wiggan’s works reference. The stories that were given to him aid in understanding the landscape and Bardi Ngarrangkarni (lore and culture passed down from the ancestors).

Place of origin
West Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
Cultural origin
Bardi, Kimberley region
Year
1994
Media
Sculpture
Medium
chip board, wool, PVA glue, synthetic polymer paint, florence paint
Dimensions
138.0 x 44.0 cm
Credit
Commissioned for the opening of the Yiribana gallery 1994
Accession number
511.2017
Copyright
© Estate of Roy Wiggan