Warmun Traditional Artists, WA Cat No. QM0035
Flinders Lane Gallery, Vic
Private Collection, Vic
The Mook Mook Owls, mother and baby, are found in a cave at the Blue Tongue Lizard Dreaming site, adjacent to Pompei Pillar near the turnoff to the Argyle Diamond Mine. The cave site is called Tunnel Creek. Owls are associated with birth and death amongst Gija people.
In the Narrangunny (Dreaming story), an Aboriginal woman was sitting at a waterhole fishing for bream. After catching a few fish, she heard a fearsome noise coming from above. Thinking it was the ‘devil-devil’, she threw everything in the air and ran to her camp screaming. A few of the bravest men were dispatched to investigate the frightening sound only to find, while checking a small cave above the fishing hole, owls, ‘damboyn’ sitting in the darkness making their ‘mook-mook’ call – the sound was merely being amplified by the cave walls.Share