#49 Mimi's Collecting Moonbeams - EDDIE BLITNER : Aboriginal Art : 95x106cm
ARTIST: Eddie Blitner
REGION: Katherine, N.T.
TRIBE: Marra - Borroloola
TITLE: Mimi's Collecting Moonbeams
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas
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Mimi’s Collecting Moonbeams:-
There are rock paintings of Mimi Spirits in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia that dates back as far as 50,000 years ago.
In the Dreamtime, Mimi Spirits were small human-like beings, with thin elongated bodies. They were so thin and light a strong wind could blow them over, so they usually spent most of their time living in the rock crevices, caves, or underground.
The Mimi Spirits would collect the moonbeams, stuffing them into their dilly bags. The moonbeams were collected for their power which was used for many magical things.
When they had enough moonbeam’s they would take them underground into the tunnels to the women Mimi’s gathered there, waiting. The women would weave the Moonbeams into the Dilly bags to make them magical.
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.