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Pigment on bark. Bird on tree and goanna, By Habaja Hanagula. Inguka clan. Groote Eylandt. N.T. 'Seasonal winds are important to the balance of nature. The north west wind is known to the people of Groote Eylandt as barra. Dagura, the spirit woman had an infant son. As the year passed everyone expected the north west wind to blow the clouds in from the sea and bring the rains but it did not. Dagura and others were concerned because food and water were very scarce and her baby was becoming weaker through lack of food. Dagura decided to visit the place of the wind. She travelled through swamps and finally came to the blood wood tree where the leaves whispered to her to cut the tree and the wind would be released. An evil spirit told her to run away with him and he would save her people. She made a fire and drove away the evil, spirit and when her husband and other men arrived they cut the tree and the sap flowed like blood and so the winds began again.
L 655mm x W 345mm x D 50mm
Verified by D Kaus 15/11/2012; see also Notes