"This one I put in to the structure of Hunters and Gatherers because our people hunted the earth and we gathered the food sources to survive and to respect the earth.
On the top of the painting you’ll see it’s semi-rainforest but it’s more like the bush and in that bush area you’ve got animals that live in there as well. If you look hard you have the sand goanna which is camouflaged and it’s there with its eggs – protecting the eggs. Remember, the sand goanna is a reptile, it’s cold blooded so it can’t hatch or sit on the eggs to warm them up. So the sand goanna digs a hole in the soil mainly in the sand area and lays the eggs in and covers [them] up and then protects the eggs from other creatures that may come and dig them up. And so when they hatch, they come out and they’re protected. So that’s the sand goanna within that area.
Then you come down to the sand on the river bank and in the river in the water you have five turtles. So they’re freshwater turtles, you look at their feet, they’ve got webbed feet with claws – so they’re not sea turtles with flippers.
Then down below that you have the women coming along with the coolamons on their heads and their children with them as well because we did everything as a family unit. And they are collecting the eggs of the little fresh water turtles. Now the turtles also lay their eggs in the sand just like the sand goanna in the top – that’s why I depicted that – they’re reptilian as well. So they dig holes in the sand to lay their eggs and it’s the heat of the sun that germinate their eggs so they hatch and our people know the area, they know where the sand goanna is, they know where the freshwater turtles are and they come along hunting.
So you’ll see down the bottom part again in the drier area we have another sand goanna camouflaged with its eggs and so it shows our people knowing the land and they move around and they collect the food source."
- Uncle Colin Jones
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