Ngaramang Bayumi

Exhibition
September 1997 - February 1999 Powerhouse Museum

In the language of the original inhabitants of Sydney, the Eora people, ngaramang means music and bayumi means dance.

Ngaramang Bayumi was developed by the Powerhouse Museum in collaboration with many other organisations and individuals, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Staff were guided by the advice of an Aboriginal advisory committee and a Torres Strait Islander advisory committee, and David Page was involved as a consultant from the start.

How to say it
Ngaramang Bayumi is a combination of two words from the Eora language: ngaramang means music and bayumi means dance. In both words, the stress is on the first syllable: ng is like n in new a is more like u in but. In bayumi, it’s between but and buy u is like oo in boot but shorter b is between p and b The Eora people are the original inhabitants of the Sydney region, and therefore the traditional owners of the place where the Powerhouse Museum stands.

Ngaramang Bayumi is:
a journey
that leads you into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, spirituality and identity through music and dance.
an exhibition
of the breadth and diversity of indigenous music and dance, from rock music to ceremonial dance.
a design
that opens your eyes to a totally different exhibition – and opens a window into our Indienous cultures.
an artwork
by Indigenous artist Bronwyn Bancroft that fills the exhibition space with colour.
an experience
where you can explore the past, present and future of Indigenous peoples through audiovisual displays, costumes, headdresses, musical instuments and dance sculptures from all around Australia.
a collaboration
of Indigenous and non-Indigenous talents from inside and outside the museum.

Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Powerhouse Museum venue page, including:

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