Artist: Jack Green
Ngarki Yarji (My Country) – 2019
Paintings – Acrylic on Canvas – 61 x 97 cm
My Country used to look beautiful before miners pushed their way in and started digging it up and leaving their toxic waste behind for our children to deal with.
When we were all living on Country there used to be wallaby drives where men would get behind the wallabies and drive them toward the hunters hiding and waiting for the prey. This was the time before white people came to shoot our people so they could take our land.
After this terrible time, when things settle down a bit, some old drovers used to come to Borroloola and pick up some of the old men who could show them where the water holes were for the cattle on their trip towards Queensland.