The Wind Makers

ABADJERA: artist

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About the work

This is a very interesting bark painting goes with GEAB-1, The Wind Tree. This painting shows the totemic place of the northwest wind which is called Barra. The central figure is the sacred, totemic emblem for the Northwest wind. It also represents the Barra tree which aborigines visit at certain times of the year. They chant the Barra song and cut into the large bloodwood tree, so that the northwest wind which has been held within the tree throughout the long dry season can be released. The Barra song causes the northwest wind to blow freely. The painting shows the people gathered about the sacred emblem of the tree, chanting the totemic songs so that the wind will blow freely.
Field: Field Museum, Chicago. 1972. Cat.
The Wind Makers
Artist/Maker and role
ABADJERA: artist
ochres on eucalyptus bark
65.5 x 38.8cm
Credit line
Purchased through the Western Australian Government, 1988
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the bark paintings in our collection.