Balibali - Stingray, 2022

50.9 x 25.4 cm

Acrylic on canvas board



"The stingray is a wonderful food source for my people; like shark, there is a special way to prepare it.  It is considered a delicacy to eat when traditionally prepared and cooked.  Interestingly although completely different cultures, including Creation, language, kinship and belief systems; our Kaidilt language often has words similar to the Lardil language.  The Lardil word for stingray is Balibal, our Kaidilt word is Balibali. The Balibal in Lardil is also a family totem for the Jacob families, to which my family has been adopted through connections made since our arrival to the Mornington Island mission 1947-1948; so when myself and my children participate in Lardil dancing, we will respectfully paint up in the Lardil Balibal totem."