Makers of the Wind

ABADJERA: artist

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About the work

At certain times of the year aborigines belonging to the Barra, or Northwest wind totem go to a place to hold a ceremony with a large bloodwood tree. They sing the Barra song and cut into the tree to release the North West wind, held inside the tree throughout the long dry season. Releasing the wind brings the rain. This painting depicts this ceremony and large cuts in the tree. At one end of the painting the dancers are depicted with their bodies painted and wearing feathers in their hair for the ceremony. At other end of the totem the Northwest wind is repeated for emphasis.
Makers of the Wind
Artist/Maker and role
ABADJERA: artist
ochres on eucalyptus bark
24 x 44 cm
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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.