RAF Project | Wiradjuri Constellations at Cementa1704.04.2017
Big Skies Collaboration: Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney’s illustrated representations of Wiradjuri constellations will be exhibited at Cementa17 this week.
In 2016 Cultural astronomer Trevor Leaman commissioned Wiradjuri artist Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney, from Peak Hill, to create a set of graphic representations of his people’s star constellations, as part of Trevor’s own Wiradjuri Cultural Astronomy Project.
The commission was supported by Arts OutWest through funding from the Regional Arts Fund, and by Local Land Services Central Tablelands, and is one element of the larger, regional Big Skies Collaboration.
- Mulayndynang, or The Seven Sisters, the star cluster also known as the Pleiades
- Biame, The Great Creator, also known as Orion
- Wawi, The Rainbow Serpent, the formation also known as the Milky Way
- Gugurmin, The Celestial Emu, the dark space in the Milky Way
- Guggaa, The Tree Goanna, also known as Scorpius
- Guguburra, The Kookaburra, or Corona Australis
- Waagan, The Crow, or Canopus
- Mouyi, The Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, also known as The Southern Pointers, or Alpha and Beta Centauri, which guide our eyes to the constellation Crux, or Yarran-Du (The Southern Cross)
- Maliyan, The Wedge-Tailed Eagle, or the constellation Aquila, the Latin word for Eagle
- Maliyan Nngubaanbukarr, The Wife of Maliyan, or the constellation Lyra
- Maliyan Wollai, The Eagles’ Nest, or Corona Borealis
- Yarran-Do, the Yarran Tree, or the Southern Cross
The full set of constellation images will be exhibited in public for the first time at the Cementa Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art at Kandos NSW (April 6-9, 2017). The exhibition will be open 10am – 4pm every day at the Kandos Community Centre Hall.
Sauce’s images are also installed on Stellarium, a free planetarium program people can download to their home computers or other devices. More details on accessing Stellarium here. They will also be used by Wiradjuri communities for educational purposes.
This condensed story originally appeared on the Arts OutWest website.