Self determination is a central pillar of the Numbulwar community, with initiatives such as the annual Numburindi Festival born out of the community’s desire to practice and engage with traditional culture.
The country that Numbulwar is built on, along the Rose River, belongs to the Nunggayinbala clan, one of the Wubuy or Nunggubuyu speaking clans from this region. There are many other clans, who have now established “Homeland Centres” or outstations on their ancestral lands; from Wuyagiba (Numamurdirdi clan land), just north of the Roper River in the south, to Walker River (Manggurra land) some 120 kilometers north of Numbulwar. Ceremonial activities are still very important within the region and occur on a regular basis.
Numbulwar Numburindi Arts (NNA), Numbulwar’s very first art centre, was created by the community and serves as a space for artistic and cultural expression.
The community’s artistic output spans a variety of mediums and styles. A combination of naturally dyed pandanus and abandoned fishing line (ghost nets) are woven into beautiful baskets and other unique forms using coiling techniques. In addition, Yir (dillybags) are produced from ghost nets and upcycled shade cloth. They are then sewn together and painted in bold and stunning patterns.
Art is also made from other mediums such as painting on canvas, paper and wooden craving. With the new art centre these artists now have the space and support to further develop their skills in these areas.