DENNIS MCCARTHY - SUGAR BAG DREAMING
Acrylic on Canvas | 60cm x 42cm
In the Dreamtime a man called Anwadi lived near the Mann River, about 150 miles from Oenpelli on the way to Maningrida in Central Arnhem Land. He became known as the 'sugar bag man' because of his ability to find swarms of small black bees circling around dead branches, indicating the presence of wild honey.
He decided to travel throughout western Arnhem Land teaching other people his skills, and eventually came to an area known as Marlgaw and he told his family they would all settle there. However two birds (wakwak) shouted out to Anwadi that the country belonged to them and did not want him there.
When Anwadi refused to move on, the birds hurled stone axes at him and his family, cutting off their legs. Anwadi retaliated by killing the birds with stones, and they turned to rock. The Sugar Bag people settled down happily, learning how to walk around without legs and still continue to find wild honey. Eventually they all died and turned into trees or rocks, where their spirits live on forever.
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