Natural Earth Pigments on Canvas Board
23 x 30 cm
This work, as part of Cooee’s Christmas show, is available for sale from 3pm 27th November. If you are unable to make it to the opening, simply register your interest via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 9300 9200. If you would like to send through a 'wish list' of works in preference order and specify how many works in total you want, we will print this out, fold it in half and at 3pm we will begin to pull one list out at a time. We will endeavour to get you the work of your choosing but are unable to guarantee this.
This painting tells a key dreaming story for the Miriwoong and Gadjerriwoong peoples for th ownership of country around Kununurra and to the east. In the painting a freshwater spring flows into a creek called Gilijing that empties into the Keep River. In this area there is a ridge where the plains kangaroo fought the hill kangaroo in the dreamtime. The plains kangaroo (Jarlangarang) was a Miriwoong man and the kill kangaroo (Nyangood) was a Gadjerriwoong man. Up on the ridge is a place called Yab-yab-gerni-ngim that is the place where the hill kangaroo put his hands in the ground to get sugarbag (wild honey). He didn't tell the plains kangaroo that the sugarbag was hidden just inside and so when he put his hands in he got nothing. The plains kangaroo got wild and they two Kangaroos argued their rights to the sugarbag. The plains kangaroo told the hill kangaroo, "This is not your place. This is Miriwoong country." So the hill kangaroo followed the ridges back to Gadjerriwoong country and the plains kangaroo went to another part of the Miriwoong country. The circles indicated in the painting indicate the energy of the dreamtime argument has become scattered stones.