Sandbar & Hairbelt
This installation is made up of 25 pieces and reflects the story of Roy's father and the sandbar just north of Cape Leveque off the Bardi Peninsula north of Broome.
Boy Wiggan (Roy's father) was bought to the sandbar by the strong currents and whirlpools around this region. He trod on the sandbar and found a piece of string. When he pulled it, it was a Borrbor (hairbelt). This holds a very sacred meaning for Bardi people, it is connected to men's business. We are unable to fully know the significance and implications for Roy's father; it did however act as a premonition of a journey he would later have at sea after a big storm.
The central pieces show the tidal movements over the sandbar. They are stuck in the ground throughout the performance of songs that make up this dance. The two pieces either side of the central Ilma are the aerial view of the sandbar – they are danced with by six dancers each holding two of the pieces.
Roy believes that this formed a crucial part of his father's law life.
Courtesy of Short Street Gallery