Mayatili Marika will deliver the W. Wanambi Distinguished Lecture titled “Madayin: Land and Lineage” in the Dome Room of the Rotunda, followed by a reception in the Upper West Oval Room.

Marika is a Rirratjingu Traditional Owner and Yolŋu woman based in northeast Arnhem Land. Part of a new generation of leadership for Yolŋu people, she is a bilingual leader and advocate who is involved in the education pipeline for Yolŋu people in the region. Her lecture ties in with two exhibitions of Yolŋu art at the University of Virginia this spring, “Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Paintings from Yirrkala” at The Fralin Museum of Art, and “Waŋupini: Clouds of Remembrance and Return” at the Rotunda.

Mayatili Marika belongs to one of the great artistic and political dynasties of Australia. Her father is Wandjuk Marika O.B.E. and her grandfather is Mawalan Marika. Her father was instrumental in the international recognition of Aboriginal art, traveling around the world to promote Indigenous culture. As Chair of the Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australian Council he played an important role in advocating for the founding of the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre. The Marika family is strongly represented in the Madayin exhibition, as well as museum and gallery collections around the world.

If you are unable to join in person in Charlottesville, you can tune in virtually at Kluge-Ruhe’s YouTube Channel.

The W. Wanambi Distinguished Lecture is supported by the Center for Global Inquiry & Innovation and Virginia Humanities.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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