Morning Star

Carol Liyawanga has depicted a feathered Morning Star ceremonial pole. Carol has layered blue, black and orange ink to create an iridescent quality.

This new design is representative of a ceremony known throughout Arnhem Land generically as Marradjiri. This is a ceremony of diplomacy given by one group to another to establish good relations and to strengthen kinship (for example by marriage) and economic ties (for example the sharing of clan estate resources).The central object in the Marradjiri ceremony is a decorated polepainted with clan designs.Text adapted from Maningrida Arts and Culture although the Morning Star ceremony may vary throughout East Arnhem Land.