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Zugubaw Baydham

Zugubaw Baydham


Size: Paper Size: H800mm x W1015mm, Image Size: H460mm x W995mm

Medium: Linocut

$1,100.00 (Incl GST)

This artwork, Zugubaw Baydham, represents a star constellation that our ancestors used to navigate our seas.

When I was a little boy, my dad used to tell me stories about the Zugubaw Baydham, telling me that in his forefather’s time, when they went hunting at night they would look at the Zugubaw Baydham in order to know which way the tide is going.

At night if the Zugubaw Baydham sits really bright in the sky, you know that the weather is ok. If the Zugubaw Baydham is bright and little bit of milky way on top of the Baydham, you know that the weather is not good.

Zugubaw Baydham is It is essentially a weather and tide chart to my people.

We acknowledge this through dance and even today, I dance this Zugubaw Baydham star constellation dance.

Aiona Gaidan 2023