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Queenie McKenzie Nakarra

Mook Mook Owls with Young - 1996

natural earth pigments on Belgian linen
90.5 x 90.5 cm
Price Realised: $8,540.00

MP #792


Painted at Pensioner Unit Warmun Community, WA
Neil McLeod Fine Art, Vic
Private Collection, Vic


signed verso and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Neil McLeod Fine Arts

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.