By Chern’ee Sutton
Age – 22 years
Size – 183cm wide X 121cm high
Medium – 3D Acrylic and textured acrylic on canvas
Stone emu nest dreaming - Ntia Utinat Kutu Ritjinguthinha
This painting is called “Ntia Utinat Kutu Dreaming” in the Kalkadoon language which means “Stone Emu Egg Dreaming”.
This painting is my interpretation of “Ntia Utinat Kutu Dreaming” a story told to me by an elder about the stone emu nest.
Long, long ago in the dreamtime there were 2 emu’s that passed through Kalkadoon country travelling North, they both caused trouble with everything they did and were continually fighting with each other all along the way. After days of travel and fighting the 2 emu’s came upon a beautiful water spring where they both watered and refreshed and decided to build a nest nearby. Once finished the emus fought over the nest and the female emu then layed 2 eggs, once she had done this the emu nest and 2 eggs were then turned to stone and the female emu was banished to the skies as punishment for fighting.
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.
The stone emu nest and 2 stone eggs are still lying in Mount Isa today in exactly in the same place they were long long ago, this is a very sacred and special place to the Kalkadoon people.
Let all who see this painting and read this story know that Kalkadoon history and culture is timeless and as old as time itself.