End of Dreamtime
This painting represents the period during and after colonisation, for the Indigenous people of Northern Australia.
The painting pays reference to the injustice incurred upon their people, including the bombing by the Japanese in 1942.
Top centre of painting features 3 black crows. The crow is the story teller and the one that buries the bodies.
This painting was painted in Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia.
Arnhem Land was declared an Indigenous Reserve in 1931. It is one of the biggest indigenous reserves in Australia, with a land area of 97,000 square kilometres, making it 1 and a half times bigger than Tasmania. The reserve was set up by the missionaries and the government in an attempt to control the black population.
This is a 3 finger painting, which means 3 artists.
Artists: Don Weluc, Gary Madjibarreli and Joe Moscow.
Tribe: Wurrkiganydar, homeland Gaarttji, North East Arnhem Land, NT Australia
Ochres, white clay, magnesium and PVA glue as a binder, on canvas.