By Brooke Sutton
Age – 16 years
Size – 61cm wide X 121cm high
Medium – Acrylic and textured acrylic on canvas
Kalkadoon Country - Kalkatungu Muu
My name is Brooke Sutton and I am a contemporary Indigenous artist from the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa in Queensland. This painting is called “Kalkatungu Muu” in the Kalkadoon language which means “Kalkadoon 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 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.
This painting is my interpretation of Kalkadoon Country with the undulating mountains and valleys that are home to my people.