Bunabiri Aboriginal Art Bamboo Enviro Serving Tray - Colours of the Reef
by Colin Jones
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Bunabiri Aboriginal Art Bamboo Enviro Serving Tray - Colours of the Reef by Colin Jones
Material: Bamboo Fibre
Size: 19cm x 15cm
About the Artist - Colin Jones
Colin Jones was born in 1947 in Ipswich Queensland and is of Kalkadoon and Nunuckle tribal descent. Colin's Aboriginal name is K0-Ro which means Brolga Wings. As a young boy, Colin leaned to paint from his grandfather. The subject of Australian Black history is near and dear to Colin and it is richly depicted in every painting he produces. His multi-layered dot paintings tell the stories of his ancestral lands where the rain forest, rivers and land connects. Bush Tucker is in abundance and native animals live harmoniously together providing a rich source of food for the native dwellers. In these depictions there are small gestures such as the foot and handprints telling the stories of Aboriginal People
About the Design - Colours of the Reef
The turtles in this reproduction of the tradtional painting represent the life forces of the turtle and the vivid colours of the circles sybolise the colours of the reef and ocean. Every breeding season, female turtles return to the same beach where they themselves hatched. Aftern laying up to 100 eggs in the warm sand, the mother turtle's work is done and she then leaves her eggs to incubate. The tiny turtles finally push up virtually in unison at night and head for the light coming from the ocean. They endure an arduous journey across the sand and about 1 in 1,000 survives and reaches the relative safety of the ocean. Aboriginals respected the mother turtles and understood their breeding cycles and would dig up the nest and only take some but never all the eggs. They would then carefully cover the nest and leave the remaining eggs to hatch in the warmth of the sand.
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