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The painting shows two Guwak [koel cuckoos] feeding on cashew nuts. The Guwak are represented in the form of mesenger sticks that are used to announce a death, and their bodies simultaneously represent the trunks of the cashew tree. The posssum ancestors climb the tree spinning their fur string. The emus are searching for fresh water in the bed of the lagoon. The spear in the centre represents the leg of the emu. The arrongement of figures reflects the topography of the lagoon and sandhills at Djarrakpi.
Bark painting, with ochres on bark, and wooden restrainers.
W 690mm x H 1040mm x D 8mm