This painting depicts the Dreaming stories of the Arekwarr (Wild Pigeon) and Ahakeye (Bush Plum). These are very important stories for Lindsay that belong to his country, Ilkawerne.
The concentric circles in this painting represent Aremela rockhole, a sacred place for Lindsay. The parallel lines stemming from it represent travelling lines of the Ilkawerne people. The wild pigeons, as depicted by the arrow symbols, are walking nearby. They are black because the pigeons are walking all over the bush plums that are ripe and have fallen from the tree.
These bush plums are favoured for their sweet taste and can be reconstituted in water if dry. Other symbols represent sacred men’s symbols related to this story.
Artist: Lindsay Bird
Skin name: Mpetyane (also spelled Mbitjana)
Language group: Anmatyerre
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Born: c. 1942