Phyllis Thomas - RUGAN country - 80 x 80


Phyllis Thomas - RUGAN country - 80 x 80


Titre de l'œuvre : Bungle Bungle Sugarbag

Artiste : Phyllis Thomas

Format : 80 x 80 cm

Provenance et certificat : centre d'art aborigène de Warmun

Référence de cette peinture d'art indigène d’Australie : 152/14

© Photo : Aboriginal Signature Estrangin gallery with the courtesy of the artist and Warmun Arts.

Explanations of this Aboriginal painting :

This is Rugan country south of Warmun. White people call it Crocodile Hole. There is a deep gorge here where the local people fish. You can catch many black bream and catfish. There are two important stories for this place: One involves the drowning of a man in the old days. He was a good climber and was climbing the walls of the gorge chasing a rock wallaby when he slipped on loose rock and fell into the gorge. Local history says he was taken under by a large freshwater crocodile. The other story repeatedly told about this place centres around the drowning of a woman in about 2001/2002.

She was not an old woman and she could swim. However she had been drinking and had swum across to the far side of the gorge. On her way back, Phyliss says "she got short of wind" and was taken under by a large crocodile. It is unusual for freshwater crocodiles in Australia to attack
humans. Kija people now warn their children not to swim in Crocodile Hole and to sit up the bank, not right on the water's edge, when fishing.

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