#10 Rainbow Serpents at the Billabong - EDDIE BLITNER : Aboriginal Art : 64x96cm
ARTIST: Eddie Blitner
REGION: Katherine, N.T.
TRIBE: Marra - Borroloola
TITLE: Rainbow Serpents at the Billabong
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
*All paintings come with a Certificate of Authenticity and are signed by the artist*
Rainbow Serpent Story of Creation:
The Minnguurruinnjji, the great Lightning Spirit of creation choose the Serpent Bandyiin to make creations on the land, as when he moved he would not leave footfalls. The serpentine's flowing motion shaped the valleys and hills as he side-winded across the land.
The Rainbow Serpent taught the Indigenous people how to care and live off the land. ‘Never take too much, only what you need’. If the laws were broken the Rainbow Serpent would take the law breakers away.
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 became 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 artifacts that the old men did 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's ways and the stories.
See Eddie Blitner 'Profile & Collections' page for further information and to see more of his art.