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  • Ronald Edwards Pepper Ronald EDWARDS PEPPER (Gunnai), Borun's Dreaming

Ronald EDWARDS PEPPER (Gunnai), Borun's Dreaming

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Year: 2022
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on board
Dimensions: 60cm x 60cm x 2.5cm


The lines in this work represent the five clan groups of the Gunaikurnai and the colours that Borun created on Country. Borun, the pelican, made the Country. Borun is the Dreaming story of the Gunaikurnai people. As you can see there is the shape of a canoe on his head. Borun is travelling from Port Albert along Country, along the rivers, to the northwest of Corner Inlet, on his way making Country. He heard a constant tapping sound – 'tap tap tap'. Borun put down his canoe to see what the 'tap tap tap' was, but couldn't identify it. He looked over, there was a musk duck (Tuk), she was very beautiful, and she was the mother and he was the father of the Gunaikurnai people, made up of five clan groups. Brayakaulung is the clan group that covers the area including Morwell, Churchill, Moe and Traralgon.

I paint layers on layers. The outer round shape represents the Earth, then Australia, then South Eastern Australian Aboriginal culture. The dark background is the night sky and you can see the stars and Borun, just like the Emu in the Sky. April is the time of year that you will see the Emu in the Sky.

Ronald Edwards Pepper