Original Painting Acrylic on Canvas
By Helen Norton
120 x 90 cm
1991 Pidgeon Series (Jandamarra)
The great boab trees, thousands of years old and a true life resource of the Australian Aboriginals in the Northwest for many things such as water storage, rope making, basket making, storage vessels, food and dye also ended up being used as prisons for those rounded up along the way. They were convenient places to 'safely store', the prisoners as they were being escorted to jail. Quite an irony and intriguing how one culture utilised the tree compared to another's utilisation!
Here is a link to the amazing uses and beliefs of the aboriginals around the fantastic upside down boab tree.