Elcho Island

Elcho Island is situated just off the coast of Arnhem Land. It is the ancestral home of several different language groups, most connected with the Yolngu people of the mainland.

 

The island has strong cultural traditions of weaving, carving and dancing, and these have all found continued expression in the community’s contemporary art practice – in the intricate constructions of fibre-artists, the wood-carvings of Judy Manany, and the distinctive ‘Morning Star Poles’ created by the ceremony’s chief custodian, Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurruwiwi.

  • Elcho Island Artworks

    • Peter Datjin Burarrwanga, Nyil Nyil - Fire story, 2010
      Peter Datjin Burarrwanga, Nyil Nyil - Fire story, 2010
    • Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurriwiwi, Morning Star Pole (Banumbirr), 2008
      Gali Yalkarriwuy Gurriwiwi, Morning Star Pole (Banumbirr), 2008
    • Mary & Guyula, Basket, n.d.
      Mary & Guyula, Basket, n.d.
    • Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
      Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
    • Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
      Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
    • Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
      Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
    • Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
      Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
    • Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
      Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
    • Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
      Judy Manany, Worrwurr, 2018
    • Nandabitta, Lizards, Crocs and Figure, n.d.
      Nandabitta, Lizards, Crocs and Figure, n.d.
    • Nandabitta, Untitled, c. 1960
      Nandabitta, Untitled, c. 1960
    • Henry Nupurra, Bänumbirr (Morning star pole), 2010
      Henry Nupurra, Bänumbirr (Morning star pole), 2010