Gwion Gwion


by Matilda Oxtoby
45 x 45cm
Natural pigment on canvas


Gwion Gwion (or Kira Kiro) are found in the rock art around Kalumburu. They are hunters, and some are dancers, and some are the servants of the Wandjina. They didn’t have brush in the old days. Our ancestors used to draw with their hands or for paintbrushes, they would use speargrass or chew the end of bush bamboo They used to use kangaroo blood and red ochre as paint. They would mix the ochre with the red gum from the white tree.