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Artist: Maria Porter
Title: The Eagle Man and His Two Wives
Medium: Acrylic on cotton canvas
Size: 71.5x46 cm
This painting is about the dreaming story of the Eagle man and his two wives: The Crow and the White Cockatoo. They all used to go out bush hunting, the wives looked for bush tucker while the Eagle man used to spear kangaroos, rabbits and turkeys. The Crow was jealous of the White Cockatoo because the Eagle man only ate what the Cockatoo fed him. So, while the Eagle man was out hunting, the Crow hit the White Cockatoo with a stick leaving her very sore and then, to keep the husband away she told him that the white Cockatoo had given birth to his child so the Eagle man went out bush to spear a kangaroo for his entire family. However, after he found out that the Crow was lying to him, he made her dig a hole, lit some dry grass and threw it down the hole after her, so the Crow died inside the hole. The Eagle went off and lived by himself.
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