The Grandfather Country"
The traditional fishing story as told by Louie (Graham Harradine)
The fishing story is over generations of food for their people and how it has changed over the many generations. There once was a whale shark that used to come and help guide the fish into the fishing nets for the men. The fish would come in with the tide and as the tide went out the fish would get caught up in the rock cage. (Bottom right hand corner). The next man is spear fishing in the water (Middle right hand side). As the generations have come along the young fellas now have spear guns to catch the fish with (Top right hand side). The middle section to the left has the men fishing with the nets, one man sits in the boat and the other holds the other end of the net and they then can bring in the fish. On the red land next to this fishing spot is where the fish would be cooked and all the people of the land would then come and eat the fish that have been caught for the day. On the middle left hand side are the oyster cages where we would catch them for our people. You can see the yellow jetty which we would come onto. There are small rock outlets above. There are shacks at the top and on the island where our people would stay and would throw some green material to keep out the mosquitos and other bugs. On the land we also have the wombat holes and wombats, we don’t eat them as much as we did before but for some they are still a part of their staple diet. The blue circles represent the leaves and bark that the fish would get wrapped in to cook and bring out all of the different flavours of the leaves and bark. The man with the boomerang is the spirit guardian who looks after the place for us. The small island is named ‘Dead Man’s Island’ – it was used to cremate our people and when the tide would come in our people would then be swept out to see. The green rectangles represent our food sheds where we shuckle the oysters. There are also the materials left on the ground waiting to have sheds built.
On behalf of the Gallery we firstly acknowledge the land now known as Australia belonged to a Nation of People, widely sophisticated, Aboriginal people of Culture, With Gratitude to our Elders past, present and emerging, the Country's ancient Cultural heritage. Always Was, Always Will Be, Aboriginal Land.
We hope that by sharing the Stories of the Artworks more attention is paid to the land supporting us through the emmense Generational Knowledge of this Country Aboriginal people have.