This painting is a Yuin Dreaming Story, where it tells when Yuin men pass, they reincarnate as a whale. The Aboriginal people of south east New South Wales (the Yuin People) had a special relationship with whales and dolphins that was to become the foundation of the whaling methods used by European Australians at Eden’s Twofold Bay. Visitors to the now popular whale watching destination are told of the legend of Old Tom and the Killer Whale pack that worked with whaling crews by herding humpback and southern right whales so they could be harpooned. This relationship with killer whales didn’t come about by chance; it was a relationship that preceded European settlement over many generations.
Size 113cm W x 75cm D