Dennis Nona

Zuga Zug (Witch's Chant)

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Zuga Zug (Witch's Chant)
Zuga Zug (Witch's Chant)

Dennis Nona

Zuga Zug (Witch's Chant)

Edition: 45
Medium: Etching, Hahamulue 310gsm paper
Size: 80x120 (paper)
Year: 2011
Price: $ 1530

This artwork won an award at the 28th NATSIAAs (Telstra Indigenous Art Award).

The story is about a dispute between the villagers and a witch who lived on separate, small islands close to the island of Badu. There was a fight and the islanders sought revenge so they paddled their canoe to confront the other party, Dhogai. When they found her they cut off her right arm and breasts. The breasts were thrown into the sea and the arm was taken back to islander's home where the young boys tied it to a tree and used it as a target for spearing practice. That night the Dhogai came looking for her appendages. She was unable to find her breasts, however she found her arm and chanted, ‘Come to me my arm’. She removed her arm from the tree and reattached it to her body. Zuga Zug refers to the chant made by the Dhogai. The Dhogai’s breasts can be seen today as rocky outcrops in the sea just south of Badu.

Image size: 50x95cm
Paper size: 80x120cm

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