Dreamtime Kullilla Aboriginal Art Original Handpainted Timber (60cm x 40cm) - Goanna Dreaming

by Michael J Connolly (Munda-gutta Kulliwari)

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Dreamtime Kullilla Aboriginal Art Original Handpainted Timber (60cm x 40cm) - Goanna Dreaming

Long ago in the Dreamtime, the animals were very much bigger than they are today and the bite of a snake was not poisonous but a bite of a goanna was.   

Mungoon-gali was a large goanna and because of his poisonous bite was quite a terror of the land.  His favourite food was the flesh of blackfellas whom he used to devour in numbers.  He wrought such havoc that all the other tribes held a meeting as they feared that Mungoon-gali would soon exterminate the blackfellas if something were not done to stop him.  Ooyu-bu-lui the black snake spoke up and said that he could but they only laughed. Ooyu-bu-lui told them that by the time Yhi the sun has gone to her rest the next day, he shall have the poison bag of Mungoon-gali and promptly glided away.  

Ooyu-bu-lui knew he could only defeat Mungoon-gali by being cunning as goanna was much bigger and stronger than he and above all, Mungoon-gali had the poison bag which had made him invincible for so long.  Ooyu-bu-lui decided that he would follow Mungoon-gali to his camp and wait for goanna to wake from his sleep. When Mungoon-gali awoke, he saw black snake and quickly made a rush at him.  Ooyu-bu-lui quickly told Mungoon-gali that he was there to warn him of a plot the tribes had planned against him and not to kill him.  Mungoon-gali told black snake that if he told him the plot then he would spare his life and the lives of his tribe forever.  Ooyu-bu-lui did not believe Mungoon-gali but goanna reassured black snake that he would keep his promise and to prove it he would give him anything he pleases.  Ooyu-bu-lui said that he would only feel safe if he had his poison bag to hold while he told of the plot.  Mungoon-gali refused and told Ooyu-bu-lui to choose something else but without goanna’s poison bag, he was not going to tell.  Determined to hear of the plot at all risks, Mungoon-gali reluctantly reached into his mouth and drew out the hidden poison bag and handed it to Ooyu-bu-lui who took the bag and went with it to his old place on the edge of the camp. Ooyu-bu-lui put the poison bag into his own mouth then began to Mungoon-gali of the plot.  He told goanna that by the time Yhi had gone to her rest that night, one of the tribes was to get the poison bag from him and so take away his power to harm the Daens in the future.  Before Mungoon-gali had time to realise that he had been tricked, Ooyu-bu-lui was gone.  

Ooyu-bu-lui went back and showed the tribes that he now had the poison bag of Mungoon-gali.  When the tribes asked for the poison bag to destroy it, Ooyu-bu-lui refused to give it to them so the other tribes tried to banish him from their camps.  Ooyu-bu-lui told all the tribes that he would surely kill anyone who tried to stop him.

Since then, snakes have been poisonous and not goannas and they never meet now without fighting.  But the poison bag is powerless to harm the goannas as Mungoon-gali, a great Wirinun, knew of a plant which, if eaten after a snakebite, made the poison powerless to kill or injure.  As soon as a goanna is bitten by a snake, he rushes to this plant and eating it, is saved from any evil consequences of the bite.

This antidote has ever since been the secret of the goanna tribe left in their possession by Mungoon-gali who lost his poison bag by the cunning of Ooyu-bu-lui, the black snake.

acrylic on TIMBER canvas
Size: 90cm x 60cm

About the Artist
Michael Connolly is an Aboriginal from Charleville, south west Queensland and a descendant of the KullillI Tribe from the Thargomindah and Eulo region on his Father's side and from the Muruwari People from Goodooga and Brewarrina region of north-west New South Wales on his Mother's side who can trace their traditional trade and diplomatic links with Central Desert as well as South Australian and Northern New South Wales' Aboriginal Communities. With this rich Indigenous background and a unique way of interpreting his cultural heritage Michael is able to represent a unique perspective in the visual and performing arts that informs his significant work in cross cultural contexts

NOTE TO CUSTOMER:  This is original authentic Aboriginal Art handpainted by an Australian Aborignal Artist - each dot and stroke on this canvas has a cultural link that goes back to the First Time and an ancient story embedded especially for you.  Buying from the original artist/Dreamtime Kullilla-Art guarantees this 


Barcode # 2000000044354
Brand Dreamtime Kullilla-Art
Shipping Weight 2.2500kg
Shipping Width 0.800m
Shipping Height 0.010m
Shipping Length 0.600m
Shipping Cubic 0.004800000m3
Assembled Length 0.600m
Assembled Width 0.700m

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