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“Eagle man and his two wives” by Betty West

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Artist:                    Betty West 

Language:            Ngaanyatjarra

Medium:               Acrylic on cotton canvas

Size:                      96.5x70.5 cm

Title:                      “Eagle man and his two wives”

Date:                      March 2018

This painting shows a family sitting down eating bush tucker and telling the dreaming story of the Eagle man and his two wives to the younger ones (top right): The Eagle man had two wives, the Crow and the White cockatoo (lower left). 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 (lower right) 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 (upper left and centre of the painting) however, after he found out that the Crow was lying 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. Then, the Eagle went off and lived by himself.



Each painting includes a certificate of authenticity which comprises the artist's photo (with his/her permission)