Before there was any water...
Curatorial insightBefore there was any water created, the world was like a desert. This painting is about a site known as Ngandaryu in Rocky Cave Country. All the bones (called mornu) are from dead Binnin (black human beings) as they searched around for water. They were looking around inside the cave and rock – gururr or guwati. Gundangi, the footprints of these people, are shown walking around. The artist’s father, Anchor Galunba, was a ‘clever man’ who passed this story onto his son. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)