Kala Lagaw Ya people
Kukui Mabaigaw Dhari 2007
Purchased 2008. The Queensland Government’s Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund.
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
Having grown up without knowledge of his specific traditional western Torres Strait Dhoeri (headdress), George Nona recently began researching archives, oral histories and antique photographs to revive the tradition of making these powerful symbols for Torres Strait people. Here, Nona has recreated a number of traditional Dhoeri in stunning detail as well as inventing his own versions in the spirit of cultural continuance and renewal.