Artist: Maria Pyro
Our Kinship Story and Seven Sister Dreaming – 2021
Paintings – Acrylic on Canvas – 56 x 101 cm
In this painting Maria combines two important cultural stories:
In the Gulf Region we have four language groups – Yanyuwa, Marra, Garrwa and Gudanji. Most people know about the language groups, but not about our ‘skin groups’ Skin determines how you fit in, who you are connected to, who you should or should not marry, and many other cultural laws. The four ‘skins’ are Rrumburiya, Wurdaliya, Wiyaliya and Mambaliya.
Seven Sisters Dreaming
The Seven Sister Dreaming is on the Crooked river which part of the MacArthur River near the mouth in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is a very sacred area where the seven sister’s lives and have their babies. When people travel through there by boat they have to slow down as it might disturb them. The seven sister dreaming is when the blue ringed octopus is in the water, and is touched with a stick its rings shine bright blue like the stars. At night the seven sisters can be seen in the sky as a small group of stars that are called the Plea ides.