23 x 32 cm
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#210 LOCATION: Bondi Beach
My Grandmother came from the Fitzroy River country, a place called Myroodah, The Channel country as it is more commonly known. This drawing depicts the way it was in the Dreamtime with the Wanjina looking over our people and the Rainbow Serpent who carved out the rivers and gorges also takes his place in my story. The centre of the drawing means not only a camp site but the centre of our culture in this particular place. The tortise stands for fertility as it lays many eggs along with the frog. The goanna, fish, Kangaroo and snake is a very important part of our food chain and the Bunnar bird which I have named stands for all the birds in the bush - emu, wild turkey, parrots and quail. I must point out there is no such bird in our culture. I call it that to describe all of the birds blending together as one. This way it is much easier for me to explain myself without going into a big story. The dancers of old are still dancing today in my soul although I go back to the Dreamtime. The lines you see in the background of every drawing is part of my heritage. It indicates the Channel system and how it works - small creeks, rivers and such. It is also my trade mark and I will not be persuaded to change it, that is my right.Barbara Backstrom