"The Rainforest section of the painting at the top, you’ll see the circles representing the life force of the rainforest, and then in the rainforest, you’ll see at the top going across, the little circles with the orange and yellow – they’re the fireplaces. And you see the little footprints following [those] fireplaces, it’s the song lines – the maps of the land because the idea is we never sat in one place and let it be destroyed, we constantly moved to let the earth regenerate. And then you’ll see up the top where the footprints are, one fireplace has got three ‘U’ shapes around it; that’s representing human beings sitting down with the coolamons and digging sticks, so when you see the coolamon – the oval bowl – with the digging stick, it represents women.
As you go along further to the other end, to the right hand side, you’ll see the biggest circle and if you look hard, you’ll see a hand in the circle. That’s my granddaughter’s hand. And what the hand is saying is we belong to this land because our hand signs traditionally are a signature in our cave paintings on our body art and other things that we put it on so the hand always says; we belong to this place.
Then you come back to the left, you’ll see three of the warriors with their spears and they’re tracking and hunting the kangaroos – you can see the kangaroos as a line going through, also camouflaged in their environment. And then to the left hand side, going down, you’ll see three women with the coolamon - the wooden bowls on their heads, and they’ve been collecting the wild bush tucker. And right in front of the women, once again, we have the fire place and you see three women sitting in the ‘U’ shape with the digging sticks and the coolamons that are full of the food – the bush tucker.
Then you come along a bit further and you have two women kneeling down and one standing up. The one on the right hand side has a digging stick – she’s digging down in the sand; the yellow patterns with the orange represents the sand on the banks of the river and you can see the round circles where she’s digging, they’re the eggs of the fresh water turtle. The turtle eggs are round and they lay them in the sand for the heat of the sun to germinate them with the warm sand. And so there you have the women collecting the eggs from the fresh water turtle.
Now you go down to the sand and you see the sand patterns filtering in to the water on the river. And then in to the river you got the life force of the water – the blue circles going around. And the n you’ll see there are five fish and they’re the Yellow Belly fish that we catch in our river system in Western Queensland. And in that river system, we also have the fresh water turtles. And so you’ve got the five turtles and the turtles are swimming up to the sand where they lay their eggs to germinate.
So the whole painting tells the story about people who are hunters and gatherers and collecting the food source from the land but having respect for the land.
And up the top in the left hand side you’ll see the green tree python camouflaged in his environment. He’s always sitting and watching what’s going on and using the opportunity to catch the food that he requires but [a lot of our animals] are camouflaged and that’s why we have become trackers of looking for signs and footprints in the sand and on the land or an overturned stick or whatever it may be, a broken twig…So it tells the whole story of hunters and gatherers protecting and looking after the land."
- Uncle Colin Jones
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