marayung wumara-warra (Sky Emu Travels) cloak
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Amanda Jane Reynolds (Guringai), 2019
Possum skin cloak, ochres, feathers, resin
On loan for the exhibition
From east to west
Autumn is the time when coastal communities are watching the water for the mullet run, migrating shore birds and other seasonal markers. Our women are busy mending and making cloaks ready for the cooler weather, tending to family and Country and gathering to sing up the Sky Emu as she travels her songline from east to west. As the raven/crow constellation rises, they gather in the sky at sunset, signalling a good time for burning Country as we journey to the mountains. The Sky Emu reminds us all life is sacred and to be kept in balance. But an ominous foreboding travels with the ship on the horizon. Amanda Jane Reynolds (Guringai), 2021