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Zugubaw Baydham (Star Constellation)

by Aiona Tala Gaidan

Size: Paper size: W560mm x L790mm, Image Size: W390mm x L520mm

Medium: Relief Lino Print

Category: Original Artwork

$250.00 (Incl GST)

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

The moon is represented here in my lino print, portrays the hunting season in relation to the different phases of the moon. The stars in this piece represent my family. We are seven in my family. To me, this is a spiritual relationship with the ancestors. My dad is a seaman and makes this connection to the baydham above. At night, if the zugubaw baydham sits really bright in the sky, you know that the weather is safe travels. My family would only travel according to the guides above. 

If the zugubaw baydham is bright and little bit of milky, way on top of the baydham, we know that the weather is not good for travel as the zugubal baydham guidance say so, and so it is what we pay respects to. 

We acknowledge this through dance and even today, I dance this zugubaw baydham star constellation dance.