2008/0103 Yarri Waterholes

Yarri Waterholes

Artist

Hughie (Munangu) BENT
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1940
 in
Landi Wudu, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia
Death:
2006
 in
Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Yarri Waterholes
Date
1995
Medium/Material
Screen-print on archival paper
Dimensions
40 x 50 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun Gallery, 2008
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2008/0103
Currently not on display

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This print depicts two main waterholes in the Great Sandy DesertIn a good wet season they fill up and then overflow and join up. Whenthe dry season comes the waterholes dry up leaving a sandbank in betweenGrinding stones are left around the banks of the main waterhole.The Dreaming story associated with the waterholes refers to a timewhen a big mob of people were camped there. They had collectedseeds called Gud-du-bul, which they weren't supposed to eat. Theyground the seeds and mixed this with water in their coolamuns to makea paste which they threw on the fire to cook. This upset the spirit beings.The sky became overcast and rocks started falling down on the people,killing them as punishment. One woman escaped covering her headwith a coolamun. She is represented by a big rock near the waterholes.MR 21/09/2018

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