Badhulgaw Kuthinaw Mudh

Torres Strait Islander Art from Badu Island
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Badu Art Centre, TSI Art, Australian Art
Badu Art Centre, TSI Art, Australian Art

My Totems

by Aiona Tala Gaidan

Size: Image 800 x 1200mm Paper 870 x 280mm

Medium: Relief Lino Print

Category: Original Artwork

$425.00 (Incl GST)

This artwork is about my Totem - Koedal (crocodile) and Dhangal (dugong)

 My totem has been carried by my ancestors from Mabuiag Island. The totem Koedal (crocodile) belongs to the people of Wagadagam tribe which means in our language Koey Buai.

I am connected to the Koey Buai tribe through my mother. Her Aka (grandmother) Puiu Warria (nee Peter) becomes my great grand mother. My other totem Dhangal (Dugong) comes from Mabuiag - a tribe called Panai. Panai also meant in language Migi Buai.

I am connected to the Panai Migi Buai tribe through bloodline of my great great grandfather Aporia Warria. He comes from the Panai Migi Buai tribe.

The islands in the middle of the image represent my beautiful island home of Badu.