Exhibition: River Country: waters and kin

River Country: waters and kin by Kaiela Arts is a reflection on the ancient waterways, family connections and animal kin of the Kaiela-Dungala region and pays respect to the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung/Wurundjeri peoples whose land they are sharing their story on.

First Peoples are deeply connected to country and kin and for artists of north east Victoria the river is central to their cultural being, giving life to the land and holding stories thousands of generations old. Fresh water creatures such as burnanga (murray cod) and badja bayaderra (long neck turtle) live in the waters of the Kaiela (Goulburn River) and Dungala (Murray River). River country provides grass and reeds used for weaving baskets, old gums cast shadows over the river and bark can be cut from younger trees to make shields. These cultural practices continue today. 

This exhibition is part of the MOVING OBJECTS project, a partnership between RISING x MUSEUM VICTORIA x YIRRAMBOI

Kaiela Arts is an Aboriginal art centre on Yorta Yorta country Shepparton that supports community in creative cultural practice that also empowers future generations. For purchase of works contact


  • Kimberley Moulton (Yorta Yorta)


  • Cynthia Hardie (Yorta Yorta)
  • Norm Stewart (Yorta Yorta, Kwat Kwat)
  • Jack/Craig Anselmi (Yorta Yorta)
  • Amy Briggs (Yorta Yorta)
  • Eva Ponting (Gunditjmara)
  • Melissa Cowan (Yorta Yorta)
  • Tiarne Hall (Wiradjuri)
  • Tammy-Lee Atkinson (Yorta Yorta)
  • Irene Golden (Bangerang)
  • Laurel Robinson (Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri)
  • Cecelia Taylor (Yorta Yorta)
  • Suzanna Atkinson (Yorta Yorta)
  • Cynthia Bux (Yorta Yorta, Wiradjuri)

Image: Goulburn River, courtesy of Kimberley Moulton 

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