Jack Britten

Dungurrninning (the earthquake)

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Dungurrninning (the earthquake)
Dungurrninning (the earthquake)

Jack Britten

Dungurrninning (the earthquake)

Medium: Natural ochres on linen
Size: 150x100
Year: 1997
Price: $ NFS

The east Kimberley cattle station Texas Downs is the setting for Jack's dreamtime story of Dungurrninning. The old people were by tradition the first to feast on the succulent fat grubs under the bark of the white river gum trees.

On one occasion, the young people broke the law and ate all of the grubs. A huge black cloud suddenly developed overhead, causing a deluge of water never before seen - the ground opened up beneath their feet, and all were washed into the abyss (seen at top right of the work).

Part of the ground didn't close up and can be seen today on that part of Texas station known as Gnargroon Country, in the form of the huge gorge Dungurrninning.

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