Colleen Jadai


“This painting is about the different types of seafood that are seasonal to eat at Bidyadanga. During the raining clouds season we are allowed to hunt for turtles, fish and stingrays. The women gather the shells, mussels and oysters and we can eat them. We gather food that is in season and leave the rest for our future. Our knowledge of how to hunt and gather comes from our elders, and we learnt from the Karajarri people. The old Karajarri… sing out to the dolphins to bring in the fish. When we go out fishing, we see the dolphins in the water push fish to the shore. The dolphin symbolizes our ancestors and we believe that when we die our family turn into dolphins, and it is their spirit which brings the fish to us.”

Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 91cm x 122cm
Region: Pilbara, Martumilli