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Death Fish Blue

Elliot Koonutta

Etching on Paper

35cm x 48cm


Price includes postage anywhere in Aus.

Death Fish Blue is a story from our old people. When I was a boy my grandfather told me the story of a male and female mermaid. They were half human, half fish. The fish on the bottom of my print is smaller and is the woman. The top fish is bigger and is the man. My country is Kendall River and it is is where the saltwater and freshwater mix together all year round. This is where the mermaids live. Long ago one old man went out hunting and heard the mermaids talking and laughing. So he speared the woman mermaid in the leg with a bamboo barbless spear. This made her float to the surface of the lagoon. He took her to be his wife. When he took her, he hit her with a switch then warmed her in ironwood leaf smoke. This made her became almost human and she was able to talk. While she was sitting down by the bank of the Kendall River the man put a large seedpod from Yuk Oot on a stick and threw it at her. It hit between where her legs would be and she became a real human woman with a vagina. Water squirted out from between her legs. She and the man had childen with long straight hair, not curly. My daughter and grandchildren have straight black hair like this. This man and woman are my ancestors. Eventually the elders became jealous of the man and his special wife. They killed both of them.  When someone catches a fish with a skull face it is the spirit of those two.

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Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre Incorporated

Pormpuraaw Art & Culture Centre Incorporated was formed in 2009. Pormpuraaw is a beautiful place located in Cape York Peninsula on the gulf of Carpentaria. We are rich in language speakers, culture and talented artists. We are most known for our print making, painting and sculptures made from recycled ghost nets. Ghost Net is the term we use for illegally abandoned fishing nets by commercial fishing boats. These nets drift on ocean currents and continue to kill marine life for no reason. We also publish important cultural manuscripts and film making in language. We have exhibited nationally and internationally. Our work has been collected by many important collections and institutions. http://Pormpuraaw Art & Culture (fcp1)-H.264

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