Fiona Omeenyo, Walking through, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 181.5 x 119 cm
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6 February - 3 March 2007
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Tuesday 13 February 2007 from 6.00pm
Fiona Omeenyo is a young artist working in the Lockhart River Region on the east coast of Cape York in Far North Queensland. Her paintings are based on the story of her home country given to her by her Uncle Blade.
'A very long time ago this man named Miiku lived and roamed all his life at a place called Pathaco - Chester River Region.One night this man Pama ... carried a message stick uku and gave it to Miiku ... this message was carved on the uku.Miiku carefully read the message ... it was an invitation from the chief of the Parrot tribe Tinta... an invitation for Miiku to attend the wedding ceremony for the chief's twin daughters to marry the son of the Sea Eagle Kuchuutu... the wedding will take place in two days time ... when it's full moon.Anyway this man Miiku ... think to himself ... 'the chief promise them girls for me'. Then he became very, very angry ... so he got up and started to dance corroboree mulkarri. He dance and dance until it began to rain ... it rained so heavily that the tide came up and started to flood.The chief of the Tinta tribe knows that Miiku is doing this ... so he called everyone to move to higher ground so that the wedding will carry on.Well anyway ... before the night of the wedding ... this man Miiku packed up his stuff and put them in his dugout canoe and paddled to the wedding ground. But when he got there ... no one was there ... he couldn't see anyone around.He then thought to himself 'Oh yes ... they must have gone up to higher ground'... so he started to travel along. As he came near the place he could hear the sound of clapping sticks. While everyone was busy ... he called out to the parrot sisters... and they came towards him ... he stole the two parrot sisters and took them back to Pathaco. When he got there ... his humpy was washed away.He then took his canoe and paddled to the island called Me-chuthii ... Hay Island. He made a grass hut there and hid the twin sisters. Whenever you go to Me-chuthii you can see that grass mound where he hid the chief's daughters. If you poke the mound ... see Miiku come out.From that day ... till today you can see the Sea Eagle ... Kuchuutu ... hovering from coast to coast searching for the parrot twins ... Tinta twins. This is a true story ...this thing really happened ... at Pathaco ... before time.'
The story was recorded and transcribed at Lockhart River Arts Centre in 2001. The artist yarned about the painting and gave some background to its creation. The artwork and the story are copyright and this copyright remains the property of the Artist, Fiona Omeenyo.
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