The connections with ngurra, pleasures of family life and memories of the thaanggangarli are at the heart of the History and Heroes exhibition presented by Juluwarlu artists. The exhibition, which opened in Roebourne last week, celebrates the Yindjibarndi elders, their talents and gifts by creating art, sharing culture and crafting songs. The artworks draw upon memories of the artists and were inspired by old maps of country, the Old Reserve, Roebourne, and old photographs from Juluwarlu’s archives. Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Lorraine Coppin said there was a sacred responsibility to pass on the stories to the next generation. “We wanted to showcase some of our elders from the past because they are sort of the backbone of Juluwarlu,” she said. “The elders always said it doesn’t belong to us and we shouldn’t keep it in a museum-type place. “The next generation needs to learn Yindjibarndi history, and we are only there as messengers.” Yindjibarndi elder and featured artist Harry Mills was born in the cookhouse at Millstream Station in 1942 and creates yarranga marni-carved boards. “A lot of things I remember,” Mr Mills said. “My culture, all my ngurra, all the plants, all the story, everything.” The exhibition will be open to the public until January 21.