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  • Ronald Edwards Pepper Ronald EDWARDS PEPPER (Gunnai), I Will Return (Boomerang)

Ronald EDWARDS PEPPER (Gunnai), I Will Return (Boomerang)

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Year: 2022
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint and mixed media on canvas
Dimensions: 60.8cm x 91.2cm


I have painted differently-coloured boomerangs because we go out to different Country, different Country belonging to different groups, but we always return home. In this painting you can also see Borun, the pelican.

Borun 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.

Ronald Edwards Pepper