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The Ngatji artwork feature, is obviously the large Ngatji (our rainbow serpent) whom created the country in the beginning, including landscapes, watercourses, people and customs. Above Ngatji in the top left corner is the sun, shining down on all that Ngatji created.

There are two campsites of people represented, one a waterhole (blues) and the other a dry country camp, both with our mob sitting around, showing the representation of our connection to country and the dreaming. The textured earthy areas to the right side are the landscapes, the soils,. The hills (raised parts) throughout our Paakantyi nation. The footprints represent the connection of our people, but also the connection of Ngatji, whom was our version of God in a way, and that could be man, woman, and serpent. 

The Dark spot with the yellowy lines are the different ways in which Ngatji moved over the land. And under the water, the ways in which our winds, can totally shift the sands of life. The blue cross hatching and semi circle hatching, are to represent the winds throughout life, that remove our footprints when we enter the spirit world, Dreamtime, after our earths journey is complete. Also represents water, the way it moves, flows, the power of water. 

And inside Ngatji, ALL the colours that, in different hues, make up all we know today as our beautiful natural environments. 

I hope you like this story. There are a few separate versions of Ngatji story from certain areas of our nation. This is my version, from those, and painted onto a canvas.

Design and artworks by Paakantyi Artists, Kuuwari and Elisha, of miiki Puuri Mandi Aboriginal Art.


The Paakantyi people of the Willandra Lakes region believe that the landscape of Willandra Lakes was formed by a hunt for a giant kangaroo called Bookamurra.

Bookamurra was tracked for days and finally caught and killed at the southern ends of the lakes. The landscape of this area is the actual remains of Bookamurra.

This kangaroo in the story is thought to be a Procoptodon – a gigantic flat faced kangaroo that is now extinct. Fossils of this kangaroo have been found in the area.