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Shadowboxes: As told by Alex Bond

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Shadow boxes are found within Dandiiri Maiwar at Queensland Museum South Bank.


My name is Alex, and I am from the Dala/Kabi Kabi People. My country reaches from the Brisbane River, north, along the coast to Tin Can Bay, including Mary Valley.

Shadow boxes, a contemporary Aboriginal artform, were first produced at Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve in the early 1970's. Shadow boxes were created by Fred (Namalar) Cobbo a former Community Councillor and Mayor and an active member of the Cherbourg Community. He was the Great grandson of Boobadjin Cobbo - a well known Wakka Wakka warrior from the early settlement period of the Burnett region of Queensland. Uncle Namalar, along with some of his family members had retained an interest in his tribal connections and hence the expression of it through his art.

Shadow boxes take the form of a set of scaled down copies of traditional Aboriginal weapons and implements such as - woomeras ( an attachment used at the throwing end of a spear so it can travel further and faster ), spears, boomerangs, yam sticks and shields. Shadow boxes can now be seen on hanging on walls of houses, museums and art galleries throughout the world today.

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