Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories by Artists | Bulurru Australia
Bulurru Australia feature Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories by Peter Marshall, Doris Nampitjinpa, Julie Nabangardi Shedden, Karen Taylor & Nancy Campbell Napanangka.
BUSH FRUIT DREAMING : DORIS NAMPITJINPA
A colourful depiction of the nutritious and tasty berries and seed pods available in the countryside after the rain. The waterhole at the centre of the picture is full and fresh, providing the essential moisture for the colourful background of desert flowers and plants which bear the bush fruit.
HEART OF MY PEOPLE 2 : ANDREW WILLIAMS
This design depicts the land and sea representing two indigenous cultures. The land representing the Aboriginal people and the sea, the Torres Straight Islanders. The connection between these two cultures and their natural environment is essential for their survival. Thus the central heart of the design illustrates both cultures living in harmony with nature.
BUSH TUCKER : JULIE NABANGARDI SHEDDEN
We could jokingly refer to this as an Aboriginal Cook Book. We can see three people sitting at their campfire. The digging sticks and coolamons next to the seated figures confirm that they are female. They are discussing the food sources available in the area. The honey ants, small lizards, snakes and witchetty grubs are shown along with bush fruit. The womens’ footprints wander through the food probably indicating that the food may be collected.
MAN’S CEREMONY : PETER MARSHALL
This design is a derivative of a more complex painting titled “Snake Dreaming”. The story is a ceremonial one so the details are not fully revealed. It is thought to be part of the “coming of age” rites for young men. The full painting is rectangular and is available as a Bulurru Art Panel titled “Man’s Ceremony”.
ON WALKABOUT : KAREN TAYLOR
This very traditional Western Desert work clearly depicts the journey of a young man who leaves his family at the top right corner of the painting and undertakes a long walk in search of a partner. Despite visiting many other tribes and family groups he has still not been successful and makes his own camp, or settles at a new site in the top left hand corner. The white snake at each group would indicate fertility and a closeness to or favourable relationship with the earth. Since the place where our young man has settled also has the snake, we believe the young man’s search will have a happy ending.
WOMENS CORROBOREE : NANCY CAMPBELL NAPANANGKA
As the name implies, the Central Desert Work depicts a gathering and celebration of Women. There are two groups of female elders, probably with feasting in progress. We can identify them as women by the digging stick coolamon. In this case the coolamons are full of food, from which we can safely assume some form of celebration is in progress. The other females scattered through the main body of the work do not yet have coolamons to collect and carry food and not all have digging sticks close to them or only have curved sticks. Perhaps at the end of the ceremony, these young girls will be regarded as women. This painting is part of Aboriginal Law and further discussion of query is not appropriate.