Yalma (cross boomerang) by Simone Maree Arnol
‘Yalma, rather than a weapon, is ceremonial. Country is not just nature, for Bama [people] it is home. Bama never knew of pity and regret, only to be grounded and to be consumed by lore, to lay foundation and to maintain survival of a pure race, with concepts and ways that must be respected by those who come later.’ The subject in the image is songline custodian David Mundraby, an Elder of the Yidinji Mandingalbay and keeper of the Law and Song. He holds Yalma to signify that culture is his religion and Yalma is his cross.