By Chern’ee Sutton & Brooke Sutton
Age – 23 years
Size – 60cm wide X 60cm high
Medium – Acrylic and textured acrylic on canvas
My Country - Kalkatungu Muu
We are contemporary Indigenous artists from the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa in Queensland. This painting is called “Kalkatungu Muu” in the Kalkadoon language which means “My Country”.
The Kalkadoon people have ruled their country around the Mount Isa area which was known to them as the emu foot province for at least the last 60,000 years and have been connected to their lands through their dreaming stories, songs and art.
The Kalkadoon people would mark their territory boundaries with an emu or cranes foot that was either painted onto rocks and trees or carved into the hard granite rock, this was also a warning for other aboriginal clans not to pass these boundaries.
The Kalkadoon people were extremely tall and muscular which was a result from the mountainous country and valleys they walked and climbed and also the diet they had. They were one of the healthiest aboriginal clans which was attributed to their diet of wild game, fruits, vegetables and fish. There was an abundance of grass seeds, edible roots, vegetables, vines, caper, pea’s and berries and also mineralised water from the rivers and streams.
In our painting the mountains and hills represent the mountainous rugged country with the flowers, plants, berries and seeds representing the abundance of food available to our people. This painting was a collaboration artwork by Chern'ee & Brooke Sutton.