Chern’ee shares her culture through art ·

Chern’ee shares her culture through art

ETB Travel News Ambassador and Contemporary Indigenous artist Chern’ee Sutton loves to share her peoples history and stories through her art.

Guest Speaker at the QTU Bi-annual Conference.

Chern’ee was recently a guest speaker at the Queensland Teachers Union Bi-annual conference in Brisbane where the 2 paintings that were purchased for the G.A. Daughtrey Art Bequest Collection for 2019 were unveiled.

The stories to the 2 paintings are:

Malkanuru the seven sisters

My name is Chern’ee Sutton and I am a contemporary Indigenous artist from the Kalkadoon people from the Mount Isa area in Queensland. This painting tells the story of Malkanuru which means The Seven Sisters in the Kalkadoon language.

Aboriginal people have looked at the stars and used them to follow their dreaming tracks or songlines for thousands of years and had a very good understanding of the motions of the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars throughout the year. Stories about the stars and constellations were passed down from generation to generation and this painting depicts the Star constellation of Malkanuru. The seven sisters who once roamed the earth and were the most beautiful creatures in all the land, they are now known today as the star constellation Pleadies.

Grass Weaving – Kathit Ngkaarli

This painting is called “Kathit Ngkaarli” which means “grass weaving” in the Kalkadoon language.

For thousands of years Kalkadoon women have gathered the many different grasses, barks, plant materials and even hair to weave a vast variety of traditional items. The weaving would take a great deal of time with the woman collecting the materials and then drying them out and sometimes colouring the grasses by boiling them with ochres, tree roots and different barks to give the strands a different colour and look.

My painting represents my people’s connection with the lands and this ancient technique that has been passed down from generation to generation.

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