Wait" Spawning

Wait" Spawning

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This story is about all the Waii (jellyfish) we see in our waters and that wash up on our beaches. This story comes from my mother’s country at the mouth of the Holroyd River. We are allowed to take Tea-Tree bark from any of the trees except for one big, old tree. We are not allowed to cut wood for spears from the big tree. If my father caught someone doing this, they would be in big trouble, and possibly get speared or beaten. Only someone who does not know this story, usually an outsider, would do this. If we do not thank the big tree for its bark with cooked fish, the same thing will happen. Everything can be made right if someone who belongs to our country takes the bark that was improperly taken and ties it back onto the tree. Then the waii will go away. If this is not done, the Waii' will stay, and our people will have to move camp up river. We will stay in that new camp for a couple of weeks. When we return to the coast the Waii will be gone.
Artist: Romena Edwards
Limited edition Etching on paper 49 by 26cm
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