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Cockatoo - Jawoorraban

earth pigments on composition board
80.0 × 100.5 cm
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2004
© Paddy Bedford, courtesy of Jirrawun Arts
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 14
Level 3, NGV Australia
‘Ngayilanyji, the white cockatoo, was an important law man in Dreamtime. He sat up on a hill on one side of a gorge and called out to a group of men who were travelling south to Lansdowne during law time for young men. “Why do you want to go that way? That is Gooniyandi Country. You should stay here in Gija Country.” They all became part of the land at a place named Jawoorraban by Gija people.’ PADDY BEDFORD, 2004