Seven Sisters

“The story of the Seven Sisters was given to me in dream. So I am the only person in my tribe to paint this story. We believe the ancestors pass on stories through dreams and I happen to be the chosen one.

There were seven sisters they lived in the sky. Every night when the moon lighted the darkness they would come from the sky and turn into a form of a brolga and dance gracefully in the moonlight. The Moon watched and started to fall in love.

Each night when the sisters came down the moon came down as a man figure and watched them. He wanted one of the sisters to become his wife. One night before they went back to the sky he grabbed the youngest. The other sisters hadn’t noticed and went back up to the sky. When they noticed, they couldn’t come down until the moon would come out again. The moon took the youngest sister and she became his wife.

We believe the sisters still come down and dance but always search for their youngest, hoping she would come back to them. The moon took her away but not far. Now when you look up in the sky today at night you see only six sisters. You look towards the moon and there you can see the youngest sister beside the moon.”

Courtesy of Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre

Year
..2014
Medium
..Acrylic on canvas
Measurement
..580mm x 610mm
Copyright Line
..Copyright Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre