Crediting works to Liwik (Ancestor)

First Nations Curator Stacie Piper discusses the inclusion of Liwik in WILAM BIIK

For WILAM BIIK, curator Stacie Piper chose to refer to some works as ancestral tools and adornments, and credit the maker as Liwik (Woiwurrung word for Ancestor), rather than using the Western museum terminology of artefacts or objects by maker ‘Unknown’.

WILAM BIIK is an exhibition of cultural consciousness and knowledge, of an unsevered connection between First Peoples of South East Australia and their Country, over thousands of generations.

Image: Stone tools by Liwik (Ancestor). (Left to right) Grinding Stone, Scraper, Stone Axe with anvil pit in the centre, Grinding Stone with ochre residue dates unknown stone and ochre dimensions variable Museums Victoria Collection (X045135, X087783, X081827, X041703) installation view, WILAM BIIK, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2021. Courtesy of Museums Victoria. Photo by Andrew Curtis.

Filmed by Stacie Piper during lockdown in Melbourne, September 2021, on Wurundjeri Country.

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