Shonnelle Thompson

Thuwathu, 2020

91 x 61 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen


"This fellow, Thuwathu, he is the Rainbow Serpent. Thuwathu is his language name in our Lardil language. He died when his sister Bulthuku (Shore Bird), light him up with fire when he wouldn't share his humpy with her and her baby Jindirrbu (Willy-wagtail). Her baby died because of the cold rain when Thuwathu wouldn't give them shelter. Now you see him up in the sky as the many different colours of the rainbow."