Silk Scarf - Betty Bundamurra 'Kira Kiro Spirits'

Artist: Betty Bundamurra


Betty Bundamurra 'Kira Kiro Spirits' design, satin silk scarf.

Australian made.
Packaged in cardboard box with information on artist and design. 

105 x105 cm.

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From the time of the beginning - the Dreamtime - called Lalai by Kwini people,  the Kira Kiro  have been the  guardians and assistants of the Wandjina. They are good spirits and are also traditional dancers who sing about the yam and fruits that can be gathered when the wet season rains begin.  The Kira Kiro spirits taught Aboriginal people what food to hunt and gather, and how to use certain plants and trees for medicines.  They taught us how to care for the land and rivers and sea; to not waste food or cut down trees. They taught Aboriginal people about which trees are used for artefacts, where to find natural ochres, to look after rock art and sacred sites and where warriors are buried. The rocks where warriors are buried are painted with white ochre.  From generation to generation we learn the knowledge of the Kira Kiro from our warriors and elders past and present. These stories we are proud of. They were locked in our minds because we didn’t have books to keep for the younger generation. The Bradshaws or Kira Kiro figures are the worlds oldest rock art figures, even older than the Wandjina.