Jack Dale

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5 AM 9677/13
Jack Dale Yiyda Yinar Jagwar Female Wandjina & Baby 2007
Ochres on canvas
1850 x 810mm

Young babies wait in the sea at the mouth of the river, waiting for high tide which will take them upstream to a place called Wuni-Ari [Wungud] sacred waterhole. The babies will swim around, looking for a mother and father. If they are found, they are so happy. If not, they will wait once again for high tide to take them back to sea, where once again the process is repeated until they are adopted. Wungud is a place where a woman will go to dream about babies. Jack Dale says his two children, Edna and Joanna, originate from this place.

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