Water Birds

Gabriel has painted water birds feeding during Kudjewk. Kudjewk is the monsoon season, normally occurring in the first three months of the year. Kadjaldjakdung – literally it just rains and rains. The wind and weather come from the north west. Kudjewk is the time of year when ngalkordow (brolga) and numerous other birds such as the manimunak (magpie goose) nest. Gabriel has painted the┬ábirds using very fine cross-hatching which was a technique originally used in ceremonial body painting. The lines are painted using a sedge grass brush, known as a manyilk, which is shaved down until only a few fibres remain.