By Jesse Sutton
Age – 15 years
Size – 152cm x 101cm
Medium – Acrylic and raised acrylic on canvas
Stone emu nest Dreaming - Ntia Utinat Kutu Dreaming
My name is Jesse Sutton and I am a contemporary Indigenous artist from the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa in Queensland. This painting is called “Ntia Utinat Kutu Dreaming” in the Kalkadoon language which means “Stone Emu Egg Dreaming”.
Kalkadoon people have looked at the stars and used them to follow their dreaming tracks or songlines for thousands of years and had a very good understanding of the motions of the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars throughout the year. Stories about the stars and constellations were passed down from generation to generation and this painting tells the story of the Emu in the sky and the 8 stone emu nests on Kalkadoon country.
Every Autumn when the milky way passes over Kalkadoon country and the emu in the sky is at its brightest it signals to the Kalkadoon people that it is now time to collect the emu eggs for food, never taking all the eggs but only a few so the emu can repopulate the lands.