#137 The cycle of life - EDDIE BLITNER : Aboriginal Art : 90x146cm
ARTIST: Eddie Blitner
REGION: Katherine, N.T.
TRIBE: Marra - Borroloola
TITLE: Mimi Spirits
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
The story of the Dragonfly that didn’t listen to the other Dragonflies when they said not to fly across the deep water.
The Dragonfly got eaten by the little Fish, the little Fish got eaten by the big Fish the big Fish got eaten by the Goanna, the Goanna got eaten by the Crocodile, then they all got eaten by the Rainbow Serpent.
Eddie grew up on Victoria River Downs Cattle Station in the Northern Territory along with other families including the Wavehill boys.
Like many of the Indigenous men on the cattle stations, Eddie become a hardworking stockman on Vic Station, also helping his Grandfather at Beswick Station.
Whilst helping at Beswick Station his Grandfather Fred Blitner showed him the artefacts that the old men done and how they painted on bark. Eddie was keen to learn and started to help the old men. His cousin David Blanazi helped teach Eddie the old men ways and the stories.