Chern'ee Sutton

Jurutu Kutu, 2017

Acrylic on canvas  
61 x 151 cm

"My name is Chern’ee Sutton and I am a contemporary Indigenous artist from the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa in Queensland. This painting is called “Jurutu kutu” which means in the Kalkadoon language “Goanna Egg” and is my interpretation of the goanna and his never ending hunt for eggs. From the time he is born goanna has a taste for eggs, he can smell them from miles around and can track them for days, going through water and crossing over mountains and land until he comes upon his favourite delicacy. He won’t discriminate he will eat any eggs he can find unguarded and remember their taste until his next hunt. He may be cruel to eat so many young but without him the balance of Mother Nature would be upset by the birth of so many young, the spirit trails link all the animals together ”. The waterlily has been used as a source of food for the Kalkadoon people for thousands and thousands of years and was an important bush food with many uses. The women would wade through the freshwater lagoons, swamps and billabongs and collect the bulbs, seed pods and roots from below the water’s surface. The seeds could be eaten raw and have a nutty flavour and the seed pods were crushed up and used to make damper. The stems were roasted and chewed and the bulbs were eaten either roasted or raw and the large leaves were crushed and rubbed over the women’s bodies to deter leeches while they were collecting bush foods. The waterlilies were an important part of the Kalkadoon peoples diet with high levels of protein and fibre and the flowers themselves are a sign of ecological health". By Chern’ee Sutton


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