Sugarbag Man – Edition 96/99

(Dreaming Story)The painting depicts a sugarbag man from country east of the Mann River. The people were living in the area when Wak, the black crow, became angry that they were stealing his country so cut them in half with a stone axe. They became mankung or sugarbag, the honey of native bees that is found in hives in tree hollows. The bees do not sting and if it can be found, mankung is delicious. The wax is used for a number of purposes including sealing the mouthpieces of didjiridus.